Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/142491/how-to-prevent-your-kids-from-spending-thousands-of-dollars-on-in-app-purchases/
More than $5000. That’s how much one man’s child ran up on his credit card by playing “free” games on his iPad. Many games may be advertised as free, but they actually try to push expensive “in-app purchases.”
This happened to me also,my children have I touches & unbenounced to me ..........they were getting free games & upon playing them a in app purchase would show up. being kids they clicked on them & purchased many things . well I contacted apple support & they explained it like this.............. after the parents put the password in ,there is a 10 min window that the touch purchases will not prompt you for a password .
so now we do prepaid I tune cards.
@vistamike apple did refund the $80 the kiddo's rang up so all is well. twas a lesson learned
It is a scourge worldwide!
For Apple devices, another solution is to not associate a credit card with the iTunes account, only use prepaid iTunes cards. Once the balance of the card is used up, no further purchases are possible. One of the local markets sells $10 iTunes cards in packs of 3 for $30 so you can keep a low balance on your account and add another card as necessary.
This is an excellent solution for dealing with payments on the interwebs in general - prepaid credit cards, even when stolen by hackers that get into a web store, won't be able to get at your bank account.
Y are you giving your kids credit cards in the 1st place?
now if you are giving them a prepaid debit card as an allowance then its there own dam fault they blow it on crap, that would be called a learning lesson.
Nobody in any way said they give credit cards to their kids !!!!!!! the article states that it was their parents I touch/pads adult account's . same in my respect my I touch, my card. its that 10 min window after a password is put in that you can buy anything under the sun without being prompted for a password.(and another 10 min window after every purchase there after.
... and nobody realizes that when you hand a kid your iDevice that you are handing them a credit card?? [rant] At the risk of repeating myself. Kids should NEVER be left alone with online devices. That's why there are locks on these devices. If you do not have time to supervise your children then hire someone who can!! [/rant]
Ain't nobody heard of Parental Controls... always sign out when someone else uses my iDevice... instead of making twists and turns to not let them purchase, after the app is brought, sign out for god's sake!! Use a different account for GameCenter if you want to use it, or put in the password before.
Thanks for this. I am extremely fortunate that I have honest children - both have run across an in-app purchase and (whew) asked permission before just clicking through. Of course the answer was no. So now this PIN option was a very simple fix.
I never knew that it was possible to enable the ability to make in-app purchases. I think that if everyone had access to this information, it would save many people a lot of money. I also like the more simpler way of just denying credit-card access to the account; it's a logical and more simpler way of accomplishing the same task.
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