Kid-proofing your digital budget - | WBTV Charlotte

Kid-proofing your digital budget

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

It happens in most families.  You realize somehow your kids were able to download things from the internet but the catch is the download had a price and it was connected to your debit or credit card.  

Recently, parents found out the hard way that "free" games are not always "free" and racked up tens, hundreds, and in some cases thousands of dollars in debt for "free"games.  

In some cases kids can rack up charges so high, that parents have lodged complaints with the FTC.  In a recent case, the FTC is discussing the issues with Amazon's Kindle Fire.  But this isn't the first time we have heard that parents are struggling with this issue and it could happen on really any platform.  WBTV cyber expert Theresa Payton shares her advice below for having fun without breaking the family budget:

This can happen on almost any online platform - app stores across phones, tablets, and more

1.  Talk with your kids about any types of downloads - free or not - to make sure they don't accidentally download viruses or bust your bank account

2.  Tie your account to gift cards, which are pre paid, vs. debit or credit cards...when the money runs out, you can review your budget with the kids and then reload the gift card

3.  If you think you are a victim of unsound app purchasing practices, report the online store or app to the FTC

4.  Read the policy and privacy settings - set passwords.  Teach your kids to write down on a notepad when they do purchase the "in game" or "in app" add ons so they keep a log

You can file a complaint at ftc.gov/complaint.  

Copyright 2014 WBTV. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Victims and gunmen identified in fatal shooting at a Union Co. hotel

    Victims and gunmen identified in fatal shooting at a Union Co. hotel

    Sunday, April 22 2018 5:36 PM EDT2018-04-22 21:36:51 GMT
    (Fred Craft | WBTV)(Fred Craft | WBTV)

    Officials are conducting a homicide investigation after Union County police found one person dead and three others injured at a hotel. According to a report, officials say they responded to the Relax Inn on U.S. 74 around 1 a.m. Sunday morning when they located the victims of a shooting.  

    More >>

    Officials are conducting a homicide investigation after Union County police found one person dead and three others injured at a hotel. According to a report, officials say they responded to the Relax Inn on U.S. 74 around 1 a.m. Sunday morning when they located the victims of a shooting.  

    More >>
  • Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield apologizes for 'the hurt that may have been caused' from 9-11 conspiracy Facebook post

    Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield apologizes for 'the hurt that may have been caused' from 9-11 conspiracy Facebook post

    Sunday, April 22 2018 5:34 PM EDT2018-04-22 21:34:31 GMT
    Charlotte City Council member LaWana Mayfield questioned whether the 9-11 terrorist attacks were real in a social media post Monday, saying she is "still waiting for someone to produce pieces of the alleged plane." (Charlotte Observer File Photo)Charlotte City Council member LaWana Mayfield questioned whether the 9-11 terrorist attacks were real in a social media post Monday, saying she is "still waiting for someone to produce pieces of the alleged plane." (Charlotte Observer File Photo)

    Charlotte City councilwoman LaWana Mayfield said on Sunday that she is not going to resign following requests for such about a post she created on Facebook questioning the authenticity of the 9-11 attacks in New York City.  

    More >>

    Charlotte City councilwoman LaWana Mayfield said on Sunday that she is not going to resign following requests for such about a post she created on Facebook questioning the authenticity of the 9-11 attacks in New York City.  

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT: Heavy rain expected in the beginning of the week

    FIRST ALERT: Heavy rain expected in the beginning of the week

    Sunday, April 22 2018 9:56 AM EDT2018-04-22 13:56:01 GMT

    We are getting a clearer picture now on the timing and arrival of rain for our First Alert Days Monday and Tuesday. We want to emphasize there is no severe weather threat this week, but just don't want anybody to get caught off guard by the heavy rain after such a beautiful weekend.  

    More >>

    We are getting a clearer picture now on the timing and arrival of rain for our First Alert Days Monday and Tuesday. We want to emphasize there is no severe weather threat this week, but just don't want anybody to get caught off guard by the heavy rain after such a beautiful weekend.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly