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Apple to pay back $32.5M to Parents for kids' in-app purchases

RichAllen
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Apple to pay back $32.5M to Parents for kids' in-app purchases

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25748292#FBM328845
About time IMO, although to be honest I have little to no sympathy for the Parents, if they let the kids access their phones they deserve everything they get charged for IMO.
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*Edited title to reflect what it says in the provided link*
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TORPC
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Re: Apple to pay back $32.4BN to Parents for kids' in-app purchases

When you have kids of your own, then you will retract part of that statement
Yes it is about time Apple paid back to their consumers
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Re: Apple to pay back $32.4BN to Parents for kids' in-app purchases

Why do the parents let the kids have their passwords in the first place?
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Re: Apple to pay back $32.4BN to Parents for kids' in-app purchases

My daughter asked me to buy Minecraft for her son's tablet which entailed putting her debit card details into his Google account.
I entered the card details, bought and installed the game and then removed the card details.
She naturally doesn't want him to be able to buy stuff without her approval.
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RichAllen
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Re: Apple to pay back $32.4BN to Parents for kids' in-app purchases

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When you have kids of your own, then you will retract part of that statement


Me getting kids will probably never happen mate, because in my late 30s I don't have SWMBO other than Mum.
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@Strat, I don't think Google Play accounts work without some form of payment option permanently attached to the account, but depending how old your Grandson is, you possibly did the right thing.

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Re: Apple to pay back $32.4BN to Parents for kids' in-app purchases

Once again it's parents putting their responsibility to monitor their child's activities onto someone else.
I don't think Apple should pay back 1p of the money spent - would teach the parents to take more interest and care (for the record I'm not an Apple-lover and wouldn't want any one of their products but not for these reasons).

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Re: Apple to pay back $32.4BN to Parents for kids' in-app purchases

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Why do the parents let the kids have their passwords in the first place?

That's what I wondered, my kids don't know my password and thus have never bought anything from either the iOS or Mac Appstores.
Even if they knew the password they know the consequences of buying something without permission. It wouldn't be pretty Wink
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Re: Apple to pay back $32.4BN to Parents for kids' in-app purchases

Thing is, kids aren't daft, so even if the Parents don't give the kids their passwords the kids can figure it out, especially if Parents use the obvious stuff like their Mother's maiden name or whatever.
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Re: Apple to pay back $32.4BN to Parents for kids' in-app purchases

But that still shouldn't be the responsibility of Apple or anyone else.

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Re: Apple to pay back $32.4BN to Parents for kids' in-app purchases

Does that mean that adults can make in-app purchases, blame it on the kids and get their money back?
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Re: Apple to pay back $32.5M to Parents for kids' in-app purchases

@Strat
I knew there was a reason I should of bought a piece of fruit n nutty piece of hardware Roll eyes
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Re: Apple to pay back $32.5M to Parents for kids' in-app purchases

It all boils down to good parenting versus bad parenting I think.
I would never have dared touched my Dads stuff, I wouldn't be able to sit down for a week!  Not that it was a bad thing, he taught me respect, and right and wrong.
And we are closer than ever.
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I wouldn't be able to sit down for a week!  Not that it was a bad thing, he taught me respect, and right and wrong.
and if he did that now he would be reported to the Social Services and quite likely you would have been taken away from home http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jan/10/mother-smacking-child-assault-sentence
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Re: Apple to pay back $32.5M to Parents for kids' in-app purchases

Yeah but for those of us who were alive in the mid to late 70s, a quick scutch round t' lugholes did us no real harm and kept us in line.
I see your point though, these days you can't even look sideways at your little monster without a call from the socials.
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Re: Apple to pay back $32.5M to Parents for kids' in-app purchases

The nanny state gone to far.
A smack teaches kids right from wrong.
It's not abuse.
Why do kids have no respect for anybody any more?  Because there is NOTHING any body can do to discipline them, because the PC brigade come running in force.  And kids know that.
Part of being a kid is testing boundary's.