Schoolboy, 11, racks up £6,000 iPad bill playing online games over two weekends
This is an excerpt from www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4378430/Schoolboy-11-racks-6k-iPad-bill-playing-online-games.html
Alfie Dobson unwittingly racked up a bill of more than £6,000 playing online games over two weekends when he accessed the family's iTunes accounts.
His father Roy had linked his son's account to his credit card which meant he could spend up to £99 a time to get in-app purchases. Games expert and technology journalist Guy Cocker said gaming 'micro transations' - as they are called in the industry as typically they only cost a few pence - can be addictive for youngsters. [Not so micro as we can see. Also from the article: The Jurassic Park Buildergame has been criticised for offering dinosaurs for sale for $50 each]
Roy and his wife Jill, from Chorley, Lancashire, took their case to technology giant Apple, who agreed to refund them.
[Is it really right or they should have faced the consequences of reckless parenting? The most popular readers' comments are that they should have.]
- Zombies v Ninjas: In 2013, Danny Kitchen racked up a £1,700 bill in 10 minutes with in-app purchases.
- eBay: Not an in-app extra, but one little girl managed to buy a car once after playing with her dad's phone.
- Plants vs Zombies: PC Doug Crossan reported his own son to the police after he built up a £3,700 bill.