We came across what can only be described as a horror story recently. It was titled “Five-year-old spends $2500 on apps in 10 minutes”. Picture giving your child your iTunes password to download a free game and ending up with a monster bill when they accidently clock up a bunch of In-App purchases on your credit card!
You only have to scroll down to the comments section of the linked article above and read others’ stories to realise that this sort of thing really does happen.
Says one such reader; “I restrict access to the iTunes password but my wife types it in any time the kids ask for it; result, my son spent $150 on game ‘upgrades’ in one small window of time…To be fair, the game designers clearly understand that this happens and they build it into the game.”
Be aware that In-App purchases do exist and expect that they are going to be lurking in places where unsuspecting little people are likely to get caught out by them.
Kids simply love smartphones and tablets – that fact is undeniable. But it is important to be aware of safety, both for your kids and your hip pocket.
You can control what content is allowed to be accessed on your Smartphone. In-App Purchases; turn this off if you don’t want your child to be able to buy items or upgrades within applications. At the end of the day, there is no better cure than prevention.
Understanding the pitfalls and communicating them to your family members is the best way to ensure you don’t get caught out.