Originally Posted by SectorNine50
You guys are really missing the point here...
The problem wasn't so much that parents were letting their kids play games on their iPhone or iPad (most parents allow this), or giving the kids their iTunes or phone/tablet password, the problem is that there was no credentials request when a purchase was made from inside
This meant that kids would buy in-game items, not realizing that it had any relation to the real world. If iOS has requested credentials like it should have, there wouldn't have been a problem.
Realistically, it was a pretty big flaw in iOS. My understanding is that it is now fixed, but it's still odd, particularly when you consider that the App store requires a password to download even free apps... Seems like it would be logical to force a password for in-app purchases from the get-go.
Point of the matter is, don't keep your credit card info stored on a device in which you will be giving to your child that has no clue what they're doing aside from what the games allow them to do.
Or not stay signed in, or simply sign out of your account with the credit card info and sign into an account just for them that does not have such info on it.
This could have all been avoided quite easily with proper parental awareness.
Sure it wasn't all the parents fault, as it was obviously a flaw that did get fixed some time ago now by Apple, but with a slight change in parenting techniques it could have been avoided.