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A Texas mom has developed a new app that is gaining a lot of attention with parents. It “forces” children to have to check in with their parents.

You text and call your children, but they don't respond. Not knowing where your child is can be frustrating, and even frightening. That is what prompted Houston mom, Sharon Standifird, to create an app that will “not” allow kids to ignore their parents and if they do the parents can remotely shut down the phone.

Standifird spent months designing and working with developers, creating Ignore No More. With one tap, all phone functions are disabled except a list of parent-selected contacts. Then the child can call their parents get the password and unlock their phone and they can always call 9-1-1. To parents, it is a genius idea. Their kids on the other hand may not think so.

"Well, I thought it was a good idea, but for other people, not me," Standifird's son, Brad said.

Standifird says, "As a parent all I have to do is touch the app, tap his name, to lock Bradley's device, enter at least a 4-digit pin 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 am the person who has the unlock password."

The Ignore No More app is available for $1.99 and is only available for Android phones on Google Play. But Standifird is working on an iPhone version to be released soon.

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