Parents Beware! Kids’ Free iOs Games Can Cost You Big

by William White | July 24, 2013 3:00 pm

apple_ipodtouch_on_money_630_flickr[1]Kids spending ridiculous amounts of money on free games is becoming more frequent, and parents are paying for it.

Paula Marner, a mother of seven-year-old twins, learned firsthand[2] just how costly free games can be. While taking a trip to the UK Marner gave her sons an iPod Touch and iPad to entertain them. The two children began playing an iOS game called Clash of Clans, which allows players to purchase gems to help them in-game. The two boys purchased about $3000 worth of help.

Apple makes and sells a wide variety of mobile devices, which are perfect to play small games on. Many of these game are free to download, but often allow users to purchase in-game content. The in-game content is usually a form of currency that allows players to progress faster, or sometimes its special items that make the game easier. Either way the content can be bought with just a simple tap of the screen.

Apple has acknowledged how easy these transaction are, and has added extra security to help prevent situations like this from happening.

To prevent in-game transactions on iOS devices, advises parent to do the following:

  1. Tap Settings
  2. Tap General
  3. Scroll down and tap Restrictions
  4. Tap Enable Restrictions, and set a Passcode
  5. Scroll down to Allowed Content and slide In-App Purchases from On to Off.

This restriction setting was devised due to Apple being involved in a $100 million class-action lawsuit, which claims Apple’s policy isn’t string enough to prevent children from spending loads of money. The bright side of the story is that Marner was refunded the nearly $3,000 her boys spent, reports


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