14 April 2013 By Jake Smith
Many children have accidentally made in-app purchases without realizing they’re costing their parents money, out of sheer unawareness. Parents have put the blame on Apple for racking up their credit card charges without their knowledge.
This lead to a lawsuit against the Cupertino based company in 2011. Apple proposed a settlement in early 2013 that offered a $5 iTunes credit if a child bought in-game items without a parent’s permission or knowledge. The compensation increased depending on the amount of money spent, up to a total of $30 dollars, and if any higher, Apple offered a cash refund.
That hasn’t stopped the situation in present day though, as a five-year-old child just recently charged up a $1,700 bill playing on his parent’s iPad. The folks at Apple, out of the kindness of their heart, did refund the payments made from his parent’s credit card. But what if Apple didn’t?
What many of these trembling parents don’t know is that Apple does have safeguards in-place for easily disabling in-app purchases so the situation never happens. It’s actually fairly simple to-do and should take you less than two minutes. This is something you’ll definitely want to enable.
We think it goes without saying you should never share your Apple ID and password with anyone, let alone your children. This is especially true if you have teenagers wanting to grab the latest Justin Bieber CD, but hey, can you blame them?
The next step is to go into the Settings on your iOS device. From there, navigate to General and then Restrictions, about mid-way down the page. Tap the Enable Restrictions button, where you’ll be prompted to create a four digit passcode that you’ll have to enter any time you want to make an in-app purchase. It goes without saying you won’t want to share this with your child.
There’s plenty of things around iOS you can disable under the Restrictions menu, including Safari, Camera, FaceTime, iTunes, Siri, and more.
Mid-way down the page you’ll find the place to turn In-App Purchases on and off. You’ll also want to enable the Require Password to immediately, instead of fifteen minutes. To change any of these settings down the road, you’ll have to used the four digit passcode you created, so make sure to keep it in your memory bank.
Apple can be single handily thanked for quieting small children on long car rides with their iOS devices, but in-app purchases have been quite a problem as of late as a select few of freemium games make it far too easy for children to spend their parents’ money.
However, now you know the perfect safe guard.
Have you ever had in-app purchase troubles?