Apple in Your Eye

Children Just Won’t Stop Spending Enormous Amounts of Money on Virtual Goods

When I die, bury me inside the Apple store.
So are you gonna gimme your credit card or what? (HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images)

So are you gonna gimme your credit card or what? (HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images)

The iPad makes a pretty great babysitter for about 15 minutes. Unfortunately, if you leave the kids alone too long you’re likely to end up broke.

The Telegraph reports that a couple of parents in the U.K. are livid, after their six-year-old twins managed to spend almost £979.90 on virtual pets and clothing in two online games. (This is not the first time this has happened.) Their father complained to the paper:

“These games are aimed at children and the designers know exactly what’s going to happen.

“There should be measures in place to prevent this, such as asking for credit card details.”

He added: “Children don’t understand the value of money, they just see it as a way of collecting more pets and clothes for characters in the games.” Just a thought, but maybe this is a chance to teach them?

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