An American father has created an app that forces children to reply to urgent text messages by locking their phones until they respond.
The app, called ReplyASAP was created by Nick Herbert, who aims to close the communication gap between parents and kids.
The app gives parents the power to lock all other functions on their kids' phones, until they reply to a text message, reports WISTV.
Mr Herbert told WISTV the app "makes messages unmissable between people that matter, since important messages shouldn't be missed."
If locking the phone doesn't work, ReplyASAP has a power move - the app can also set off an alarm that rings until parents get a response.
And yes, it works even if the phone is on silent.
The app was launched in 2017, and already has 75,000 downloads.