Why, oh, why would someone do that? It must infringe some kind of childcare rights... in addition to basic human rights.
That was my first impression of the app. But after reading more about its other features and the creator's story, my opinion isn't so bad anymore.
Sure, there is that possibility of using the app for the wrong reasons, which could make the parent-child relationship all the more difficult. But there are much better uses for it than trying to take complete control over your child. Such as sending last-minute reminders. Or messaging your friend at the bar to get you a drink.
Personally, I don't think the app is for everyone. It sounds like something that can only be truly effective in respectful families that don't exercise over-protection.
But let's take a look at the app in more detail and see what customers think.
In the digital era parents’ work gets only more difficult.
Nick Herbert has struggled with this for a long time.BuzzFeed says, the most surprising feature of the app is that it locks the child's phone if they ignore their parents' messages.
The only way to unlock it is return the parent's text or call.It says on the app's page on Google Play that "ReplyASAP makes messages unmissable between people that matter, since important messages shouldn’t be missed." But "important message" is a very subjective concept. Your Mom might see checking in if you ate lunch that day as an important message.
The app is free to download, but extra features have to be purchased.WCNC reports that ReplyASAP was launched in August, 2017, and by now has reached over 75,000 downloads.
It's currently available on Android.iOS version will soon be released too. However, it will have fewer features because of Apple restrictions.
It has a good 3-star rating based on 611 reviews.ReplyASAP has received massive media attention across the globe. Fox, NBC, Globo, The India Times have all talked about it.
Who is the app for?
#ReplyASAP featured in 100 edition of #Wired this month in the Apps of the Month section (in the weird section) https://t.co/8WBTp69fT7— ReplyASAP (@ReplyASAP)1511717684.0
It's for anyone who is sick of having their calls and messages missed or even ignored.
Segment for Globo TV show #Fantastico in #Brazil on #ReplyASAP shown yesterday. Got really positive feedback. https://t.co/yJngNEg2jU— ReplyASAP (@ReplyASAP)1508184120.0
But there are so many additional features.
Filming segment on #replyasap for #Brazil #Globo TV for #ChildrensDay @Androids https://t.co/N4cqgVECrn— ReplyASAP (@ReplyASAP)1507325734.0
The incoming message will always make a noise until the recipient reacts to it.
Good interview with #BBC #Spain on #ReplyASAP. https://t.co/D4MNkeepHo @BBC— ReplyASAP (@ReplyASAP)1506075728.0
You can also schedule messages for specific times. As a reminder, for example.
It is really #rewarding to check in on the #replyasap SMS count and see the volumes increasing - each one is a new connection— ReplyASAP (@ReplyASAP)1504473147.0
Once you send the message, you'll be updated on its progress.
The @ReplyASAPapp freezes your kid’s phone until they reply to your texts. https://t.co/DzdZEWRSF7— Only In Boston (@Only In Boston)1503842400.0
Internet is one major flaw of the app.Both people must have the app installed and be connected to the internet for it to work. It's the same way that WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger work.
The app was originally meant for use by parents and children, but because of its quick response feature it can be used in various situations.Nick lists five such examples on Google Play:
- "contact with elderly family members,
- setting reminders for future events with friends,
- contacting work colleagues in the event of an incident that requires urgent attention,
- letting people know you have safely arrived at your destination,
- letting people know you need assistance."
On the app's official page you can find 4 plan options to choose from.
@ReplyASAPapp is designed for parents to be able to contact their children who always have their phones on silent… https://t.co/cgu2hrRzlJ— Brand Envoy Africa (@Brand Envoy Africa)1503819567.0