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Uhm, NO!
Do you really think it is wise to give a kid a phone to play with? Come on guys these devices are not meant to be used by young children. Would you hand a child a $600 video card to play with?

I personally wouldn't but some people do, I think it's stupid letting a 3-9 year old play with a $500 phone but that doesn't change what I think the default settings on the phone should be when it comes to buying apps.
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are you equating tapping through different screens on your phone (which can easily be assisted by a vague google search) to installing headers on your car or fixing a houses central air system?? I understand where you are coming from, but your examples are terrible, and in the end your point is just wrong. Saying your comparing apples to oranges would be an understatement, more like comparing apples to koala bears
first google item in my search : http://www.demogeek.com/2009/07/01/restrict-iphone-usage-with-iphone-parental-control-restrictions/

I think the comparison is valid enough. Nowadays everything has a 'how-to' that you can find through google so your point there is moot. I'm not talking about the physical labor required for said action but the knowledge behind it. Plus we're all tech literate here, let's not pretend that google doesn't come back with a million and one junk links. I'm tech literate and even I get frustrated sometimes at the number of junk links I have to sift through to get a valid one

You consider changing a specific option as 'tapping through screens', joe blo might consider changing headers on his car as 'loosening a few bolts'.

And I don't know why you thought fixing a HVAC system was 'moderate maintenance'. That's heavy duty stuff.
    
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I think the comparison is valid enough. Nowadays everything has a 'how-to' that you can find through google so your point there is moot. I'm not talking about the physical labor required for said action but the knowledge behind it. Plus we're all tech literate here, let's not pretend that google doesn't come back with a million and one junk links. I'm tech literate and even I get frustrated sometimes at the number of junk links I have to sift through to get a valid one
You consider changing a specific option as 'tapping through screens', joe blo might consider changing headers on his car as 'loosening a few bolts'.
And I don't know why you thought fixing a HVAC system was 'moderate maintenance'. That's heavy duty stuff.

Yup
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Apple is being sued by parents who claim the iPhone-maker is unfairly profiting from in-app payments in games aimed at children.

Many games on the iOS platform are free to download but offer game add-ons, some of which cost nearly £70.

The group said it was too easy for children to run up big bills without "authorisation of their parents".

I really do feel sorry for children these days who have parents such as these. They have zero common sense and clearly just like to blame anyone but themselves.

lol whut?!

How is this an issue of common sense? If i hand my child my phone to play a specific childrens game, I shouldn't have to worry about a bunch of charges being sneaked on.

Obviously someone is lacking common sense here. rolleyes.gif

This is children we are talking about, children will press and touch anything they see. You must be a complete idiot to link a credit card to a iTunes account.

You obviously never heard of iTunes gift cards? They start at $15 and you can get them pretty much anywhere there is a convenient store. It's a good way to teach kids how to spend and manage money.

Personally I think these so-called parents shouldn't even have kids in the first place. If they have no idea what their kids are doing in the virtual world I fail to see how they know what they're kids are doing period.

Poor parenting is like garbage, if you have garbage as a parents then their kids will be garbage. Garbage in garbage out.
 
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I feel for the parents here.

We are moving more and more towards microtransactions which is BS.

What happened to the days when I bought a game and got a full game, not half a game with the option to buy the other half?

And I would bet money most parents with these iphones don't even know about the microtransactions in some games.

I leave my phone next to my bed to charge, my kid could grab it and play some games without me knowing and spend a bunch of money. I'd just beat his ass for it and not sue, but I hate seeing games with microtransactions, especially the ones that aren't possible to beat without spending more money.
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Also for the record, I consider changing headers on my truck much easier than adding parental controls to my phone.

Theres only 12 bolts to remove to change my headers tongue.gif
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doh.gif I think the parents are going to lose this. It's their fault for disabling things that could prevent their child from purchasing things and even handing their child the phone.
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I believe it is down to common sense in the matter that if they are willing to hand their children a smartphone to use and play games, they should also be aware of these charges and the ability to disable it. They should have some sense to know better, what's the difference if they handed them the phone to browse the web and the kid stumbled upon porn websites or other explicit material through Google. Are the parents going to sue Google because they didn't know their kids could find such things on a free service?

They're iPhone folk, they don't know better. =/
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I'm reminded of the kid who bid 2 million on eBay for an old harrier jump jet. His dad had a little more common sense than to sue eBay though. He called up the seller and apologized profusely and they let him off the hook.

When my sister was in middle school, "somebody" called AT&T to enable text messaging on our phones even though my dad had requested that feature disabled because he didn't want to pay for it. My sister proceeded to send about 1500 texts the next month and since we hadn't payed for any on the plan when the bill came they were 15 or 25 cents a piece. My dad went through the roof, but he got the charges taken off because he never authorized the service. I wonder if the parents in question tried talking with Apple and the app-maker before they decided to sue.

Also, what kind of IOS game is charging £70 for add-ons, Money-Waster Extreme Edition?
Edited by gelatin_factory - 4/16/12 at 1:52pm
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This has already been fixed... LOL.
It requires a password now when you try to purchase things. Don't give your kids your password and you're fine.

If this is the case then yes, those parents don't have a leg to stand on I was responding from a general POV about the tone of this thread, which went something like "dur hur I'm 18 and I know everything, only idiot parents have to distract their childrenz"

I know from personal experience that the bubble poping game on my droid has taken advantage of this. They've changed it up to where you can't play a single round without having to go past a full page of ads, even when you click continue
    
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