If you have an Apple device or even an Android device you are most likely well aware of apps and how they work. Some apps are free to download, others can cost you. Personally I have let my son play on my iPod, I do not give him the password, and I do not let him download anything. I thought that this was enough, apparently not.
CBC news reported today that a woman allowed her twin 7 year old boys to use the family’s iPod and iPad, they have the same rule that I have in place, do not download anything without permission.
The boys were playing a game that was free to download, but the catch like with many free to play games, is in-game content. In order to play the game the boys needed to log into the iTunes store, then they were free to play the game. As they would play the games, there were most likely pop-ups telling the boys that they could get a certain item, maybe even an additional life for some money.
The woman racked up $3,000 in credit card charges from the iTunes store, just from the one app. She can give us a good story though, Apple will be offering her a refund. Not everyone is so lucky though.
Apple has a setting to restrict in-app purchases, while Android devices restrict purchases with a password. Do you think that she should get a full refund, or was it her fault for not paying attention to how the game works before allowing her young boys to play the game?
Thank you CBC for providing us with this information.
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