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Girl runs up £900 bill on MLP iPad game
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Originally posted by ITV
A Cheshire mother is warning parents about the dangers of free download games after her six year old daughter ran up a £900 bill on her iPad - without even needing her iTunes password.

Grace Walker from Northwich begged her mum to let her have the My Little Pony game when she was feeling poorly.

Catherine Walker downloaded the game for her daughter to cheer her up but it wasn't long before they were both left in tears.

Full story here

So not only does the mother not turn on the parental controls but she also leaves a SIX YEAR OLD alone with an internet enabled device! #smw{-_-2}

Also, why is there £69.99 DLC in a 4+ RATED GAME?!
While the parents are stupid, I honestly think at this point that this is intentional. Microtransactions on a game for 4 year olds is kind of rediculous.
I don't blame the parent for not being cynical/paranoid enough to expect overpriced DLC in their children game.

Both apple and the devlopper of the game should be ashamed of themself for preying on kids like that.

Hopefully, the news may cause them to remove the game and refound the parent to avoid bad PR.

The ideal result would be the outlawing of microtransactions targeted to children since this is a terrible idea.
I open the paper and every single day a new case of this always seems to crop up. I think micro transactions themselves are an okay business model if you distribute the game for free, but Apple should make the game warn the parent that it features them so more cases of this don't keep occurring. On the other hand, they could just force parents to enforce pass-codes so kids can't spend a month's earnings on Fluttershy's house instead of the actual mortgage.

From what I've read it seems Apple has been refunding these extortionate bills personally, probably to keep PR positive and to stop games like My Little Pony driving people to the streets, leaving them with a really embarrassing sob story to explain why.
Personally, I think the creators or license holders of MLP have caught on to their more... mature fanbase, allowing them to set prices through the roof and still remain reasonable, citing their demographics. When it all comes down to it, as long as the parental controls are there, it really isn't the child's fault. Parents need to be involved in their child's life and not substitute their presence with a piece of technology, these events serve as a reminder of that.
Well, dang.

That really sucks for the family.

I, frankly, think that games for young children (i.e. 6-) should have no way to spend actual money inside of them.

Everybody is at fault.

Not only the game, not only the family, but the people who funded it.

The people who buy from that company, the consumers.

Regardless of how big or small our part is, we've all taken part in this tragedy.

For shame.

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