5 tools to prevent your kids from blowing your money on iTunes’ in-app purchases


A post I wrote last week about parents discovering that their kids had racked up thousands of dollars of in-app purchases generated a bunch of comments. Some parents said they have little control over what their kids are buying on iTunes, or what they’re tapping on their mobile screens. They feel powerless in the face of “free” games like Clash of Clans and Candy Crush Saga that entice kids with “power-ups” at price points as high as $99.

But in fact, as more than one commenter pointed out, there are a handful of tools that can help families rein in their kids’ iTunes purchases — both in-game and at the store — and many are available right on devices themselves. You just have to know where to look.

Here are five things that you can do in the next five minutes that significantly reduce the chances of your son or…

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