Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Boy racks up a £1,000 iPad bill

An eight-year-old boy has racked up a thousand pound bill on his parents' iPad

Another child has racked up a big bill on his parents' iPad.

Theo Rowland-Fry, eight, spent almost £1,000 downloading extra software to help him play a Simpsons game on the Apple tablet.

His parents, Nick and Lisa, only discovered their son's purchases when they noticed their bank balance was very low.

Mr Rowland-Fry, from Felton, near Bristol, said that he had been refunded the £980 but was concerned that it could happen to other people.

"Theo is only just eight and has no real concept of the monetary value attached," he told The Post. "As far as he was concerned he was just buying doughnuts.

"We know others caught out by the same thing.

"I appreciate children are their target audience but it is not right and there needs to be specific controls in place to stop this from happening."

It comes just weeks after five-year-old Danny Kitchen, from Bristol, ran up a £1,700 bill playing the game Zombie on an iPad.

His parents, Greg and Sharon, were also refunded.

An Apple spokesman did not wish to comment but referred to information available on the company's website about parental controls.

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