Don't Text Me

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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A "gr8" idea, but doesn't stop incoming "txts."

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

While adding names to the group list you send "Please don't text me" messages out to is pretty easy, it takes a fair bit of exploration to figure out how to remove them. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Don't Text Me is a free app that's meant to curb the growing problem of texting while driving. It's aimed at teens and easily-distracted adults, but works equally well for students who bring their phones to class. However, while admirable, the app doesn't actually prevent texts from coming through. Instead, it's serves as a broadcast service, letting friends and colleagues know that you'd simply prefer not to received texts. If they choose to ignore your request, you'll still hear the chime and be tempted to read the message. 

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Is it any good?

Texting and driving are a dangerous combination - and DON'T TEXT ME deserves some measure of praise for attempting to address it. Notifying contacts that you're driving or working (or otherwise unavailable) is an easy process, but it overlooks a couple of major issues. While it's easy to ask friends not to ping you, it's ultimately their choice -- and if they do, you'll receive those texts without any interruption. Just as importantly, if you're frequently in and out of the car (or in class or meetings) and use this app regularly, friends may get frustrated with the frequency of the messages. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: July 12, 2010
  • Category: Other
  • Publisher: Dr. Sev LLC
  • Version: 2.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.0

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