Mother Battles Children All Over With “Ignore No More” Android App

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Raising children has never been easy. While the mobile phone then smartphone in theory makes tracking them down easier, that is not always the case. In order for parents to ascertain the whereabouts and well-being of their children it requires a child to answer calls and texts.

Mom steps up with app idea “Ignore No More”

Enter Sharon Standiford, who got tired of being ignored by her son Bradley. While many parents might just take away their kids phone defeating the purpose of them having it in order to be reached, Standiford went big and unique. She turned to the app development community with her problem, and perhaps more importantly, her solution. She decided that she wanted an app that would essentially brick the kid’s phone until he called home for a password. The phone loses all functionality minus calls to emergency services (911) or a select group of contacts at a parent’s whim.

“As a parent, all I have to do is touch the app, tap his name,” Standifird explained. “To lock Bradley’s device, enter at least a 4-digit unlock code.  And now I’m going to press ‘lock Bradley’s phone.’ And if you watch Bradley’s phone, it’s going to go blank. Bradley needs to call me because I’m the person that has the unlock password.”

“It takes away texting, it takes away the gaming, it takes away calling their friends. The child will always be able to call 911,” Standifird said.

It’s not everyday that a parent responds to frustration by becoming and app developer but Standifird is now ordinary parent. She’s both served in the Gulf War and scaled Mount Kilimanjaro.

“Anything she’s ever really set her mind to, she’s done,” explains her husband William.

Ignore No More – You started it young man

And the thing is, it works…at least with Bradley.

“I do have to say that he responds to my texts and my calls a whole lot quicker than he used to,” Standifird said.

If this app takes off, Bradley is likely to become quite hated by kids all over the world and he’s not doing himself any favors when he says, “Um, well I thought it was a good idea, but for other people, not me.” That may very well be the case, but it was his ignoring his mother that has potentially put this tool in millions of mothers hands.

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About the Author

Brendan Byrne
While studying economics, Brendan found himself comfortably falling down the rabbit hole of restaurant work, ultimately opening a consulting business and working as a private wine buyer. On a whim, he moved to China, and in his first week following a triumphant pub quiz victory, he found himself bleeding on the floor based on his arrogance. The same man who put him there offered him a job lecturing for the University of Wales in various sister universities throughout the Middle Kingdom. While primarily lecturing in descriptive and comparative statistics, Brendan simultaneously earned an Msc in Banking and International Finance from the University of Wales-Bangor. He's presently doing something he hates, respecting French people. Well, two, his wife and her mother in the lovely town of Antigua, Guatemala. To contact Brendan or give him an exclusive, please contact him at [email protected]

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