Bits of Sweetness: Lesson Learned

Lesson Learned

Angry Birds. The game is a widespread phenomenon and has fans of every age. Our almost-5-year-old son is one of those fans. Angry Birds is a privilege that he earns if he does jobs to earn playing time. Or, maybe I should say it was a privilege. Today I found charges from Rovio, the maker of Angry Birds in the amount of $42.91 that I had not authorized. $42.91. That is a lot if you're not planning on it! And surely a surprise to see on your bank statement!! As it turns out, they were all from our beloved son. Angry Birds is apparently a little *too* user-friendly, and if you have a card linked to your app account, you may end up with charges from said beloved child for things like power ups or ad-free versions. Two things you'd be wise to do: 1)Set a pin for any app downloads. This can be done in app settings. 2) Go to Google Wallet (or whoever you purchase apps through) and under payment methods remove your cards so you have to enter it each time. Check back often too because sometimes it auto saves the payment method. As for us? I think we're done with the tablet for Andrew for a while! Thought I would share so you can avoid potential charges! Silver lining in this: at least it wasn't more than $42, right? I'm just thankful I caught it now before it was $100 or $500 or something. Needless to say, lesson learned.

Update: I called Google and Hallelujah Amen- they refunded all of it without question. Big huge phew!!! Ahhh!!

3 comments :

  1. Ouch! I have wondered if things like that happen since I always keep my Amazon account signed in. Thankfully my girl is a little too young for my tablet now, but the day is coming when she won't be. Thanks for the tip! P.S. I'm a new commenter but have been reading for awhile. Love your blog! :) Blessings.

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  2. I friend on mine let her two year old play with her phone. Somehow he ordered a weed waker through paypal. No lie!

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  3. Wow, that's awesome that they refunded it! Good customer service there.

    That's a good thing to remember when I get kids (even as a nanny now I let the girls play on my iPod).

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