I heard this terrifying anecdote from one of our school mums today. She has three children, DD (11), DS1 (8) and DS2 (6). They have a rule at their house with iPads and in-app purchases. Only DD knows the passcode, but if she wants to buy anything on iTunes she is to seek permission from mum or dad first.
So, last Thursday evening, DS1 goes up to DD during quiet iPad time, and asks for the code. He says he's checked it out with mum and she said ok. She gives him the code. 15 minutes later (after 15 minutes the password locks out), he returns with the same story. She gives him the password.
The next morning mum checks her emails, and finds a receipt from iTunes for....go on...have a guess how much....
$4600. DS1 has bought $4600 worth of in-app purchases on a game called The Avengers (I think?). In 30 minutes.
Understandably, questions were asked and consequences handed out. The punishment is all three children have been banned from iPads for a month. My feeling is that this is unfair, as, for a start, the littlest one had nothing to do with it, the girl was off her game because she was tired and believed her brother (but at 11 maybe could be expected to check these things more thoroughly?), and DS1 was sneaky and lied, and what he did was much worse than the other two.
What do you think? Was it fair? Unfair? Too lenient? Not lenient enough? What would you have done?