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USE A PIN: When it comes to the Google Play app, you can dis­able in-app pur­chases by go­ing to the User Con­trols sec­tion un­der Set­tings. Tap on “Set or Change PIN op­tion” and en­ter your cho­sen 4-digit pin. When you go back to “User Con­trols”, sim­ply check “Use PIN for pur­chases”. Don’t let your chil­dren know your PIN.


MAKE IT HARDER TO GET PAY­MENT VIA YOUR PHONE: Never set your credit card as a de­fault on the Play store. Make sure there isn’t a set­ting that al­lows au­to­matic de­duc­tion from your credit card.


DON’T LET YOUR CHIL­DREN PLAY UN­SU­PER­VISED: This may get more com­pli­cated as chil­dren get older. Teenagers, in par­tic­u­lar, want and value their own pri­vacy.


ED­U­CATE YOUR­SELF ABOUT THE DIG­I­TAL WORLD: If you find the dig­i­tal world daunt­ing, then it’s im­por­tant to in­crease your knowl­edge about it. Read books such as TechSavvy Par­ent­ing by Nikki Bush, which she co-wrote with Gold­stuck.


ES­TAB­LISH IF ANY­ONE IN YOUR FAM­ILY IS AD­DICTED AND GET HELP: “If you can’t wait to get back to your phone to play the game and if it gets in the way of your so­cial and fam­ily life, then you do have a prob­lem. If you are spend­ing reg­u­larly on these games, then you are far too ad­dicted,” says Gold­stuck.

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