De-Fang Your Phone
Don't trust yourself to stick to the "No Phone" rule on a day-to-day basis? Using your phone's internal GPS, these apps can detect when you're driving and automatically block calls, texts, and e-mails. Three to check out:
This app reads you your text messages, allows voice response, and has customizable auto-replies (for Android, iPhone, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile). Download it free at drivesafe.ly.
This will let you block incoming calls, texts, and e-mails, sending a response that you are driving and will answer when you can. You can also customize it to allow only certain callers -- like your child-care provider -- to get through (for Blackberry and Windows Movile). $2.95 a month.
This was created by a mother who had a driving scare with her teenage son. It automatically sends incoming calls to voicemail and holds text messages; (for Blackberry and Android) $49.95 per year, or $4.95 a month.
Originally published in the March 2011 issue of Parents magazine.
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