A six year-old boy and girl from St Ives, United Kingdom, have spent more than $1500 ( almost 1,000 British pounds) with a pay-in-game iPad app. The game extras bought by the two kids consisted in clothing and virtual pets.
Ashley Griffiths, the mother of the two kids, said that requiring only a single password for in-app purchases is not enough, and developers should also ask for credit card details. In this case, fortunately for the family, Apple has refunded the amount as a goodwill gesture.
The father of the twins was shocked at how fast the kids were able to spend such a large amount of money:
They were just prompted to enter the password, and that's what they kept doing. 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 also mentioned:
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. I mean, who in their right mind is going to pay Â£75 for a virtual pet?
What do you think, should there be added some extra authentication measures to avoid such situations?
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