Clash Of Clans Kids Clock Up $3,000 Bill
Free to play gaming comes under the spotlight once again.
Free to play gaming hit the headlines earlier this year, first when an eight-year old boy from Belfast clocked up a $1500 bill playing The Simpsons: Tapped Out, then followed shortly afterwards by the news that a five-year old had spent $2500 on Zombies Vs Ninjas.
Talking to CBS News (via Huffington Post), Paula Marner has revealed how her children managed to clock up an eye-watering bill of $3000 while playing the chart-topping strategy game Clash Of Clans.
"Our house rule is never download an app without permission," she told CBS News. "And they didn't download an app."
"To make a long story short, it was not fraudulent activity or criminal activity that I thought was happening from the UK, it was actually my seven year old sons who were playing a game while I was gone called Clash of Clans."
The purchases took place during a family visit to England, where Marner's children made a series of in-app purchases, ranging from 99 cents to $99. The children were aware of their mother's password, and so were able to make continuous purchases.
"So that kept coming up consistently and they kept tapping it, " she explained. "It's just tap purchase, tap purchase, tap purchase."
If you're concerned about your children making in-app purchases via your iPhone or iPad, we have a comprehensive guide to disabling the option, and keeping your device secure.