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Children ignoring your calls? There's an app for that

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There is nothing quite as complicated as a teenager with a cell phone. On the one hand, it's a safety net: a device your kids can use to reach you, or 911, at a moment's notice. On the other hand, it opens them up to the outside world. Just because they can stay in touch with you, doesn't mean they actually will.

Unless you force them to.

That's the idea behind "Ignore No More," a smartphone application that grants parents control over their child's phone. It is available on android devices. Does your rebellious teenager refuse to call or text you back when they are out with friends? This app gives you the upper hand by simply locking your child's phone until they call back. The phones can still call 911, and whatever other numbers you deem "callable."

When their phone is locked, children cannot play games, go on Facebook or use any other applications. The little handheld device they've invested so much of their social time into is no more useful to them than a rock. Of course, parents need to get a hold of their child's phone long enough to download and activate the app. Once they do, the child will need a passcode to uninstall it.

The Guardian reports the application is in development for the iPhone as well.

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