From just some pounds to hundreds of them, in-app purchases can be very expensive actions. However, unconscious purchases of items like these have been happening a lot in the last times, especially because of children that don’t have the slightest idea of what they are doing and also because of parents that don’t properly protect their mobile devices.
It’s possible to place a strong obstacle between your child and the in-app temptation that draws them into pushing that little button that says ‘buy’.
Did you know a ‘suit of Samurai Armour’ on ‘The Sims Freeplay’ costs £10.49! If you think that is costly the ‘Apathy Bear Gun’ on Gun Bros is a staggering £419.94.
As ridiculous as it sounds, children happily and easily buy these costly app features, leaving the owner of the phone with a hefty bill!
Keeping an eye on your kids while they are playing with your devices teaches them you are always around to check what they are doing and it’s the first step into the road of prevention.
Then, you must also change your passwords often: you may not notice, but your kids only need to see or hear you type your password once to learn it and use it when you’re not around.
However, if you children somehow end up managing to buy one of these in-apps, you can still try to recover your money. Since this problem is usually happening with the Apple App Store, follow the seven steps described on our infographic “Costly In-app Purchases” and report a problem to the company. You’ll see how easy it is to fight back.