Remember when your parents would step in and show you what it was like to be an adult?
Yeah, we miss those days, too.
The latest salvo in the never-ending battle between modern parents and their teenagers to prove who’s the most petty comes—of course—in the form of a phone app. Ignore No More allows parents to lock the games, wifi and most contacts on their kid’s phone. The only thing that can save them from the techno-drought is a call to mom.
CBS New York spoke with the mom who designed and launched the app:
Sharon Standifird, was livid the day she called and texted her teenagers and they didn’t respond.
Once she knew they were safe but ignoring her calls, she got an idea, Gainer reported.
“We need to develop an app that just shuts their phone completely down and they can’t even use it,” Standifird said. “And I started — literally just started researching how to develop an app.”
There’s no way your kids will resent you for that level of micromanagement, of course. They’ve already told researchers that they use the phone while driving in part because they’re terrified of their parents’ reaction when they ignore calls.
After sharing a mortifying story of her own mother’s retaliation for phone dissing, Jezebel writer Rebecca Rose immediately sussed out how this new app could end up biting adults in the ass:
Can you imagine if you wife or husband told you they wanted you to install this? I could see employers doing this too.