Boy Racks Up Massive Bill On Ipad Game, Angers Parent
Mohamed Shugaa’s seven-year-old son Faisall racked up $5,767.55 worth of charges on in-app purchases through the game, Jurassic World, of which he used to upgrade dinosaurs and purchase new characters, not realizing he was spending his father's money.
Shugaa owns a store and became aware of the charges when he tried to make a purchase from a supplier but was unable to do so. Upon calling his bank he learned of 65 transactions made to Apple between Dec. 13 and Dec. 18. Apparently his son not only knew the password to get onto the iPad itself, but also had memorized his father’s password – a surprise to his dad – and therefore was able to buy anything he damn well pleased.
While the story might have ended there with some commentary on how we all need to keep a closer eye on what our kids are doing on their iThings, the real story is how much anger Shugaa became at Apple.
Mr Shugaa isn't the first parent to be outraged by iTunes lackadaisical charging policy, and with technology changing all the time it can be hard for some parents to keep up with it all.
Read what Apple says about these type of events on the next page and how to prevent them…plus a very useful video on how to set up child restrictions on an Ipad or device