A blissfully unaware young boy nearly bankrupted his family by spending a whopping £3911 on the iOS title Jurassic World – all by purchasing in-game currency.
I love how the father takes no responsibility in teaching his son, it's all Apple's fault that he wasn't notified.. :P
* I knew not to do stuff like that when I was 4-5 years old. Some kids aren't as smart as I was though, and need to be parented better. Even then, some kids just do what they want so there needs to be a way to disable in game purchases within these games if a parent wants that. Have them have to type in a password to enable in game purchases. There problem solved. Shouldn't take more than a week to program/code that into a game for these developers.
My kids have their own accounts with no credit card attached. Even my four-year-old son. It is possible to do this. Parental controls on the device go a step further in restricting browser access, store access, and even camera/microphone access. I also have restrictions on our Wifi router so that I can monitor all activity and restrict certain things as needed. Many parents have no clue how to set devices up for a child, however, and that is the fault of their own inability to lose their ignorance before handing a potentially dangerous device over to a child.
Daddy should have beaten that child
Oh yeah, when a child does something they weren't aware had consequences we should totally get physical with them. /s
He is 7 by that age you understand how money works he just didn't care...
$4000. Yes, that is worth spanking a child over.
@TFJWM Actually things like that are entirely dependent on if he was taught from someone or learned from another or not. Age has nothing to do with money skills. Some teens out there have never even touched a phone in their life in this day and age and that's probably because there was never a desire nor need to use a phone in their household (as bad as that sounds).
When you hit a kid that just shows you aren't capable of teaching them in any other way so you hit them. It's an unintelligent demeaning way of raising a kid.
Wtf was there no password?
Not spank. Beat.
This is why my phone, my 3DS XL, my daughter's tablet, and my PS4 all have password restrictions before any purchases can be made. I also make it so that my card information has to be entered manually every time on the devices i can. I'll be damned if my daughter is going to spend all our money on accident lol.
This completely, I do the same it's down to the parents to lock out payments etc. if you don't know just ask someone will know and can help you.
Absolutely. Most devices ask if you want them to remember your card info. All you have to do is say no. Sure it takes a little more time enter that stuff when I want to buy something, but when you have a 5 year that doesn't realize they are spending money on things its a lifesaver.
Kids these days. I didn't get t first cell phone until I was 16 and I had to pay for it myself. This next generation is in trouble.
While a lot of kids do have their own phones at a young age, this isn't clear if this was the child's phone or not. It says the kid memorized his father's Apple ID, so I assume it was on his dad's device. But again, my 5 year old has her own tablet. Its a simple matter to set parental controls.
If the father was that upset with apple, maybe he shouldn't have synced his credit cards to his account. Good old fashioned "enter payment information to proceed" mentality!!!
Yahtzee. On the nose.
I think there should also be some kind of system in place automatically where if you hit an insane purchase amount - say like...$200 total in a month for in-app purchases - you have to do a simple "enter code emailed to account holder to proceed" or something. The odds of even an obsessed adult putting that kind of money into in-app purchases on purpose seems improbable to the point that this step would help 99.99% of people rather than be a hindrance to basically anyone.
Isn't this the main method mobile games make money? By children buying stuff without their parents knowing? Mobile games are basically a scam.
Don't let your kids play on things that have your credit card details on. The lack of common sense people show at times is unbelievable really.
I see many of the comments here and concur, password protect to make purchases. If the child was unaware that it was costing money, then lesson learned, albeit an expensive one. The parent, obviously unaware that he should have password protected all purchases...lesson learned.
Apparently this game has a 10+ age rating. The usual comment of how he was too young for the game applies, but the real question is: Why are there real money purchases in a game with a 10+ rating? There should be more security in place.
LAWL , dunno ismoked a blunt with ma 4 year old son , when i found pornhub app in his apple, kids theesdays . #NWOARSEFUCKEDTECHNOLOGYCALSHE EEPS
mobile gaming sure is dangerous lmao
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