Many parents allow their little ones to play games on their iPhone or iPad. Those game apps can come in handy when you’re waiting to get a table at a restaurant and your preschooler is about to blow, but since Apple introduced “in-app purchases” last year, kids can easily order game apps all by themselves–on your dime.
It’s what happened to one Baristaville mom. She read this article about kids going on shopping sprees in iPhone games and decided to check her credit card statement:
We looked at our app purchases and found that our 5-year-old had bought $130 worth of gems, shiny chests and vials of stars and coins for what we thought were FREE iPhone games! We called Apple and got refunded, but what a scam.
I stopped letting my 3-year-old play on my iPhone after she thought it would be fun to put it in the sink. I discovered it while loading the dishwasher. I had to buy a new phone and I haven’t ordered any games. I told her she broke the fun phone and she can’t use this one. Although, I spent way more money replacing it than she would have spent ordering game apps.
Have you checked your statement? Has your kid gone an a spending spree?