Have you heard this adult horror story? No, not the one where you accidentally “Reply All” as you complain about your boss or the one where your friend has an ugly baby and no has the heart to tell them ... No. This one is about the 5 year old who ran up a $2,500 bill playing games on an iPad in about 10 minutes. It happened over in Great Britain when little tyke Danny Kitchen was playing Zombies vs. Ninjas. Danny’s mother, Sharon, gave her son the password so he could download the free game. But what happened next is 100 percent pure nightmare fuel.
Danny started buying game add-ons -- well, that is a bit of an understatement. Danny started buying ALL the game add-ons, over and over. In about 10 minutes, he racked up £1,710.43 (more than $2,500) that his mother didn’t even notice until she started receiving the worst series of email receipts the next day.
Parents with iPads and iPhones know how much their kids love to play with the devices, and giving Danny the iPad was probably something that happened many times before without incident.
Before we scare you any more, we must say that after a couple of days of phone calls, questions and reporting, the Kitchens were able to recoup their money, a fact which hopefully ensured Danny will be able to enjoy Christmas this year and not just receive stern glances from his family.
How To Avoid This Scenario
Apple iOS controls allow parents to set restrictions on Internet access, age restrictions and more, meaning when your child is using the device, some of the danger is gone. They are as follows:
- In iTunes, open iTunes preferences. Mac users: From the iTunes menu, choose Preferences. Windows users: On the Edit menu, click Preferences.
- Click the Parental tab.
- Select the checkbox next to any item you wish to disable or restrict.
- To change a rating level of TV Shows, Movies, and Games choose a rating level from the pop-up menu.
- Click the lock icon to prevent users from making changes.
- Type your administrator password in the resulting dialog, then click OK (You'll need to know the administrator's account name and password).
- Click OK to close iTunes preferences and have your changes take effect.
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