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My kids LOVE my iPhone.
I’m sure yours are huge fans too. Kids’ apps are great for boring waiting rooms, long car rides and staying quiet during a big trip to Costco. For the most part, the apps are cheap too – running around 99 cents to $1.99.
But have your kids ever accidentally spent too much? Some parents are furious, saying that in-game purchases are racking up phone bills of insane amounts and its all Apple’s fault for allowing such addicting games in the first place. These parents are so furious in fact, they’ve taken their case to court and plan to sue for damages!
The lawsuit (the full text of which can be seen here) claims, “These games are highly addictive, designed deliberately so, and tend to compel children playing them to purchase large quantities of Game Currency, amounting to as much as $100 per purchase or more.”
With “freemium” apps being so popular (ones that are free to download but then cost money to buy in game items) the question is, when does it become the parent’s fault for not monitoring their child’s app usage? And why the heck did the kid know the password anyway?! While it is entirely likely that a kid could accidentally download something in the 15 minute no-password-needed window after a parent entered the password, but how much damage can really be done? According to the angry parents, the answer is “A LOT.” Some parents were shocked to see their bill had risen to more than $1,000!
Has this ever happened to you? Do you feel a lawsuit is justified and Apple should be required to tighten up their download security? Or are parents placing the blame where it doesn’t belong? Only time will tell, but I’ll certainly be keeping a closer eye on my kids during iPhone time!