If you are planning to start your Christmas shopping early and make the most of black friday and cyber Monday, it’s important to make sure that you secure your payment details on your device if you share it with your child.
Create a password for in-app purchases and change your settings so that you are always prompted to enter your password every time you make a purchase. Keep your passwords secret and change them regularly.
Avoid passwords your child will be able to guess. Even if your payment details are saved on Google Play or the App Store, it will still prompt you to enter your password before you confirm a purchase.
Ensure payment methods are not stored in your browser and opt for password protected payment methods on websites you use regularly for purchases. Don’t opt to ‘save’ your password on our device or to never prompt you for your password again.
Set up parental controls that will restrict your child’s access to certain apps at certain times and stop them from accessing the store.
When using iTunes or the app store, you can purchase vouchers for your account instead of having a credit/debit card linked to it, so you can’t automatically purchase a service.
Have honest and frank conversations with your children about what they’re getting up to online. Explore their favourite apps with them and find out if any of them have ‘in-app’ purchasing. Talk to them about what their favourite games include and explain how moving to the next level or accessing cheats may cost money.
And if the worst happens…
If your child manages to spend money on apps and games or on a shopping site, you should contact Apple, Android, or the company that runs the store you use immediately. They are used to hearing about these kinds of problems, and will probably be willing to help you.
See our step-by-step guide to see how to set these controls on major broadband and network platforms
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