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07-23-2013, 08:30 AM #21
Our perception of kids is that they are inferior because they are smaller, or don't know as much as we do. However, the vast, vast majority of kids with iDevices do not rack up massive bills. Many kids with iDevices have no restrictions, yet still understand money and the responsibility that comes with the ability to spend it. Every once in a while an idiot comes along, but that doesn't mean we should punish the rest. There will always be idiots. I believe a 6th grader is responsible enough to carry an iphone.
07-23-2013, 01:07 PM #22
My 92 year old neighbor just got his first iPhone. I suppose when he accidentally makes his first in app purchase in what he was lead to believe was a free app I ought to chalk that up to him being a moron, right? Of course he grew up in an age without computers, but nevertheless, that idiot has no right buying a device he doesn't intimately understand, right? After all, that dummy is just like the dad who knew better than to give a child an iPad to play with, right? Yet not everyone is a techie. The iPhone is the smartphone for stupid people, or so they say. It's intuitive enough to pick it up and figure it out, but in no way does that suggest the lay person will understand the intricacies of in app purchases, and the risks thereof, unless someone takes the time to explain it to them. How out of touch with reality are you people who keep laying all the blame on poor parenting? There is a fundamental problem here and it isn't the parents or the passwords. And no, I don't for a second think anyone on this website believes that anyone in their right mind spends $6100 on in app purchases in some random pony app. You honestly think the developer designed the app thinking that was a legitimate possibility that millionaire kids the world over would blow daddy's cash on that nonsense? No! There is only one way this could happen and the article elucidates just that.They can have my jailbreak when they pry it from my cold dead fingers.
07-23-2013, 01:34 PM #23
1. Why he didn't have enough brains to check his bank statements? This was going on for 5 months.
2. Why did he have the receipts going to an email account that he did not have access to? Not to mention that he didn't have access to his work email for 5 months?? Are you kidding me???
07-23-2013, 03:06 PM #24
Schools around here are starting to use IPADS in Kindergarten.
So yes what morons would ever let their little kids play with their iphones.
07-23-2013, 03:39 PM #25
07-24-2013, 03:37 AM #26
I'm I the only one who thinks that the father might not be telling the whole truth. Over £5000 gone from your account over a period of 5 MONTHS AND HE DIDN'T NOTICE! I'm I the only one who finds that strange... c'mon. It's not like she spent that much in one day. Over a period of 5 months and he was oblivious to it all.
Also, giving an 8 year old an iDevice with a credit card attached is stupid. AT least put some parental locks into place. They are there for a reason. But I guess people make mistakes and sh*t happens. When it happens to someone we'll all take about it like we could do any better. Chances are some of us would do better than this, but you never know.
Just be happy he got this money back. I'm sure he won't be letting her use his phone until she's much older. Apple needs to put some safe measures in place too. Letting an app charge so much for some ****** game is not good at all. To the commenter who thinks anyone under 14 shouldn't be allowed to have a laptop/tablet is really stupid. What you're basically doing is sealing away any potential they might have.
By the time their 14, they'll be too busy playing games, chasing girls, school and such. Introduce them to these technologies early and you increase the chances of them unlocking any potential they have. This is a primitive way of thinking and needs to stop.