This is the consequences of giving your children the App store password – unwanted purchases. The child download a free app, but the in-app items are not free, it requires the App store password to purchase. Granted that the father trusted him with the password, the child might be too young to know there is such a thing as in-app purchase.
When he discovered he had run up a £3,700 bill on his father’s credit card playing games on his iPad, Cameron Crossan expected a very stern telling off at least. The 13-year-old was mortified by what he had done – but worse was to come. For instead of punishing him, his father filed an official police complaint effectively accusing him of fraud. Doug Crossan, 48, said he was horrified when his credit card company informed him of the amount his son had spent on the games in Apple’s online App Store. Source:DailyMail
This is not the first time and it won’t be the last. Prevention is better than cure, thus, it is advisable to take necessary precaution to avoid such unwanted incident.
How To Enable Restriction on iOS
To enable iOS restriction on in-app purchases, follow these simple steps:
- Step 1 – Settings –> General –> Restrictions
- Step 2 – Tap “Enable Restrictions”
- Step 3 – Enter a new pin just for the restriction feature
- Step 4 – Look for “In-App Purchase” and slide to turn it “OFF”
Or you can watch this video tutorial I created. Remember, kids do not know the difference between free app and in-app purchase, giving them the password is like giving them a credit card.
Give Password and Set up an iTunes Allowance
If you intend to give them the password, remember to enable restriction and set an iTunes Allowance as a secondary precaution. Here’s how to send someone an iTunes Allowance:
- Open the iTunes Store and click Buy iTunes Gifts from the Quick Links section on the right.
- Scroll down to the Allowances section and click “Set up an allowance now.”
- Enter the requested information on the page as follows: