Parenting just isn’t what it used to be. I was in the U.K. earlier this week when the story broke about a kid who racked up a $1,500 bill on his parent’s iPad. From The Belfast Telegraph:
Theo Rowland-Fry, eight, spent almost £1,000 downloading extra software to help him play a Simpsons game on the Apple tablet.
Uh oh. It’s 10:00 am. Do you know where your children are?
His parents, Nick and Lisa, only discovered their son’s purchases when they noticed their bank balance was very low.
Ouch. All but about $20 was refunded by the nice folks at Apple.
Theo is only just eight and has no real concept of the monetary value attached. As far as he was concerned he was just buying doughnuts.
What kid buys $1,500 of doughnuts? The parents are always the last to know. He was such a good kid. The daddy:
I appreciate children are their target audience but it is not right and there needs to be specific controls in place to stop this from happening.
Yeah, Apple is to blame because Theo’s parents didn’t know anything at all about parental controls built in to every iPhone.
Here’s a great YouTube video which shows how to setup parental controls in two minutes.