Apps are so easy – maybe too easy? – to buy on an iPad that even a three-year-old can do it.
Toddler Sienna Leigh in Sydney, Australia racked up about $50 in app purchases from Apple’s iTunes store before her mom noticed the shopping spree.
“She uses it every day for a few hours, but I didn’t think anything of it.
“She was just playing with it until, later, when she had gone to bed and I was checking my email and I saw that I had paid for a whole bunch of apps that I didn’t remember buying.”
Mother Lisa Leigh decided to go to a Mac forum to figure out how her kid used Apple’s new tablet computer to shop without permission. It seems the girl went to a recently-purchased app and simply continued shopping with the saved password.
What did the toddler buy? Sienna bought the $17 Docs to Go app and a flight control app among others before mom managed to stop the spending spree. “But the main thing is that I’ve completely turned off the Wi-Fi on her iPad so she has no chance of accessing the app store at all now.”
Leigh decided not to ask Apple for a refund, since by the time she figured it out her other children had already opened and played with them.
Apple said it wasn’t the first time parents had contacted them about iPad purchases made by their kids.
If you have a tech-savvy toddler, here’s how Apple Fiona Martin spokesperson suggests you keep the tyke from shopping: “The restrictions preferences are located under Settings > General > Restrictions > Allowed Content (In-App Purchases) OFF. When this is activated, in-app purchases is turned off.”
Source: The Age