In app purchases

iapThe current trend is that apps are free to download and use but the developers build in “in app purchases.” These are also referred to as micro transactions. It’s not a bad practise or done with any malicious intent. It rewards the developers with some money to continue their endeavours.

For example: you could download a basic drawing program and then opt to purchase additional pen types or additional colours.

The problems arise when the ipad is handed over to our little darlings. (Kids) The games they download with or without our consent mostly have these in app purchases. To make matters worse there is often confusion between rewards earned within the game and those that will be billed to your credit card. Remember your ipad is connected with your iCloud account which has your credit card details. To authorise a purchase from within an game or app it’s often as easy as clicking on the OK option provided. BOOM money has been deducted from your credit card.

All parents can take steps to avoid such a fate: If you have an iPhone or iPad, go into Settings, then into General, then Restrictions. Enable restrictions (you’ll have to create a PIN so Timmy can’t undo your handiwork) and then turn off  In-App Purchases under the Allowed Content heading. You can also adjust further parameters, such as whether your kids can have access to iTunes, the camera, or the Safari Web browser.