London: For parents, who have been trying to drag their children's attention away from their phone, help is at hand in the form of a new application that allows adults to control their kids' mobile from afar.
The AlphaBlue app, which costs 2.99 pounds a month, allows parents to block a child's access to the internet, certain websites or text messaging services when they are meant to be at school or doing their homework.
The app's inventor, Graeme Menday, a former Army officer who trained Princes William and Harry at Sandhurst Royal Military Academy, said he came up with the idea after his son began playing on his phone during the school day.
"My 12-year-old was using his BlackBerry when he was meant to be doing his homework and was text messaging at school," the Daily Mail quoted Menday as saying.
"It's a new problem in schools. Millions of pounds is being lost in teaching time because of this kind of disruption," he said.
Although the app allows certain websites or applications to be blocked at specific times, it still allows outgoing and incoming calls from a list of chosen numbers in case of emergencies.
The app is being showcased at the British Invention Show at the Barbican Centre in London.