Kids love the iPad; download a few children’s games and it’ll keep them entertained for hours. But don’t leave them unsupervised too long, because it could cost you. Sharon and Greg Kitchen from Bristol, England, found that out the hard way when their five-year-old son Danny spent $2,550 on in-app purchases in just 10 minutes.
Danny asked his father Greg to enter the password for his iTunes account so that he could download a free game from the App Store. Mr Kitchen reluctantly agreed, thinking the download would cost him nothing — but Danny “accidentally” bought a stack of in-app purchases priced at £69.99 ($105) each to help him progress in the game.
The following day, Mr Kitchen received an iTunes invoice for £1,700 ($2,550).
Danny “was very upset when he realized what he had done,” Mr Kitchen told BBC News. “His brothers and sisters were telling him off, but of course he didn’t know what he did – he’s only five.”
Mr and Mrs Kitchen aren’t the first parents to receive an unexpected iTunes bill after handing their iOS device to a child. But it could well be the biggest bill that’s been racked up accidentally. Fortunately for the Kitchens, Apple has agreed to refund the full £1,700, but other parents might not be so lucky.
- Source BBC