Sharon Standifird has served in the Gulf War and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, but those challenges paled in comparison to getting her son Bradley to quit ignoring her calls and texts. So now, thanks(?) to Standifird, there's an app for that. We're guessing she wasn't vying to add that coveted "Parent of the Year" title to her resume.
The app - which needs to be downloaded onto both kids and parent's devices in order to work – is currently only available for Androids on Google Play, so iPhone users can breathe a sigh of relief – for now.
Don't let your phone out of your sight, because once that app's on it, your 'rents can shut down all your calls, texts, Internet and games if you try giving them the cellular slip. Your phone will remain bricked (with the option to reach only pre-approved contacts) until you call your parents and they enter an unlock code.
There are so many ways this can backfire. It'd be bad enough to have your parents commanding your communicado, but what if a jealous ex or controlling friend gets their hands on your phone and installs the app? We can imagine a million different ways the scenario could spin out of control.
So far, it's "virtually impossible" to remove the program from your phone once it's there, but it's only a matter of time before techno-savvy sleuths find a way to crack "Ignore No More." Until then – what would you do if your parents strapped you with this app?