Are your children racking up mobile game charges?

Source: Brian X. Chen, N.Y.Times (Paid Registration)

At the heart of all of this are mobile games that persuade children — who are the most vulnerable — to buy virtual goods using their parents’ credit card accounts while they are playing. It has become such an issue that these games have been called “bait apps” in class-action lawsuits.

Apple offers several effective tools for restricting in-app payments. One is Ask to Buy, a set of controls that requires a parent to approve each app purchase on a child’s device.

On your child’s Android device, set a password for the Google account that is used for making purchases from Google Play.

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