Ar­nett’s son, 7, runs up $400 bill

The Recorder & Times (Brockville) - - SPORTS -

Ac­tor Will Ar­nett has been forced to keep a closer eye on his sev­enyear-old sons’ gam­ing habits af­ter he ran up a bill of $400.

The Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tles star thought he had be­come a vic­tim of credit card fraud af­ter notic­ing a string of un­fa­mil­iar pur­chases on his state­ment, un­til he dis­cov­ered his youngest child, Abel, was re­spon­si­ble for the unau­tho­rized charges from his iPad.

“I got a bunch of charges on my credit card, and I was like, ‘What’s go­ing on? Was my credit card stolen?’ ” Ar­nett told morn­ing show Live with Kelly and Ryan.

“They’re all 99 cents, or two bucks, and there were a bunch (of charges).

“I traced it back to my sev­enyear-old and he’s buy­ing these in-app pur­chases, just willy-nilly, just buy­ing, buy­ing, buy­ing!”

Ar­nett re­veals he con­fronted his kid about the charges, but ac­ci­den­tally let slip that he had been al­low­ing Abel to play pop­u­lar sur­vival game Fort­nite, which is rated for play­ers aged 12 and up.

“I go, ‘Hey buddy, this is, like, $400 … for Fort­nite!’ ” he re­called, be­fore re­al­iz­ing his blun­der and quickly back­track­ing, quip­ping, “I don’t let my seven-year-old play Fort­nite!”

Since the credit card sur­prise, he has made sure to im­ple­ment a se­ries of parental locks on all elec­tronic de­vices for Abel and big brother Archie, nine – his chil­dren from his mar­riage to ex-wife, come­di­enne Amy Poehler.

“We have some locks,” he shared. “This sum­mer it’s all about how to limit the screen time.”

Ar­nett isn’t the only celebrity par­ent rein­ing in their kid’s In­ter­net shop­ping habits — Mariah Carey re­cently ad­mit­ted her son Moroc­can, with ex-hus­band Nick Cannon, spent $5,000 on­line on ran­dom pur­chases, and once even man­aged to or­der a new dog on­line. Carey can­celled the or­der. WENN

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