TIPS FOR SAFE, CHARGE-FREE GAMING
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.