Many of us are guilty of relying on our smartphones for just about everything. Sometimes they are needed, such as for those instances when you are lost and require directions in order to get back on the road; a favorite feature of mine, to put it mildly, as a driver with a poor sense of direction. However, there are many times when smartphones have become borderline addictive, as if we could not live without them. Since parents may be understandably concerned about how much their children are using their mobile devices, a mother from Houston, Texas took action.
Specifically, a Houston native by the name of Sharon Standifird made it a point to go onto the Internet in order to research app development. After a number of months of learning was done on the part of Standifird, she released an app called “Ignore No More,” accessible on Android devices. On paper, it sounds easy enough for parents to utilize, as they can simply scroll through their children’s names and, upon entering a specific code twice, can actually lock phones. No more Twitter, no more Vine, no more of that one mobile game that has caught the attention of an Internet marketing company.
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Looking at this story from Standifird’s point of view, I can see why Ignore No More could be a very attractive app for parents. Teenagers, perhaps more so than any other group of people, are notorious for smartphone usage and sometimes this is done to a fault. If a parent is upset because their child ignored their text in favor of tweeting, for example, the parent is in the right for feeling that way. Ignore No More can, in theory, help parents to tell their children, “You have to follow these rules or else certain privileges will be revoked.”
On the other hand, I can also see why there are those who aren’t in favor of Standifird’s app development efforts. It could be argued that this is a superfluous effort on her part where simpler measures could work just as well. For example, when I was in middle school and I wasn’t responding to texts from my parents, chances are that I would have my cellphone taken away until a few days have passed. This allowed me to be more understanding of my parents’ concern and, as a result, allowed me to see that my phone was meant for more than just games. Couldn’t taking phones away solve this problem?
After looking deeper in the story, I learned that phones locked due to the Ignore No More app are not rendered entirely useless. According to The Washington Post, a child can still, “…dial emergency services when the phone is locked.” What this means is that if a teenager is rear-ended on the road, comes under an allergic reaction in a restaurant, or what have you, he or she could phone the appropriate authorities for help. In this sense, making the claim that smartphones should be taken away is unfounded.
What is your take on the Ignore No More app? Do you agree with Standifird’s efforts or do you feel as though there is little worth to them? Leave your thoughts on the matter below!
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