A shocked mum has discovered her five-year-old son has spent more than $1700 on in-app purchases on his new iPad, but her husband says she shouldn’t be upset.

The furious mum says she blames her husband for the purchases, after he admitted he set up touch ID for their son, so he could get what he wanted. She explained on reddit that they have only just bought the iPad for their little boy, who managed to rack up the huge amount of purchase in a short time.

“Yesterday (my husband) told me our son had spent over £1000 on in-app purchases,” she explained. “I was shocked because our son has never asked me to buy anything on the iPad and I didn’t think he knew how to do it himself.

“My husband admitted he had set up touch ID for him and that was how he was doing it. He kept saying it wasn’t a big deal and I shouldn’t be upset at our son.”

‘It’s no big deal’

The thing is, the mum says she’s not upset at her son, she’s upset with her husband, who allowed it to happen.

“I told him it was his fault which turned into a big argument. During the argument he kept saying it wasn’t a big deal which was making me upset because it is a big deal that neither of us knew he was doing this until it got to this point.

“I snapped at him and told him to stop saying that. Now he’s upset with me and is continuing to let our son make in-app purchases.”

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  • Wow that is a lot of money. This is why I don’t have payment option connected to my account


  • Oh wow, that’s a lot if money, I would be awfully upset too


  • this utterly scares me!


  • This article doesn’t explain why she has a problem with it. Is it the money? the content? control? Without knowing the full story, it’s difficult to make a judgement.


  • If he’s okay with that kind of money being spent on an app, I guess your free to go shopping!


  • Clearly money isn’t an issue if he doesn’t care?


  • I would cry haha but it happens so often!


  • OMG, the one thing I never did was set up my kids iPad’s so they were linked to my credit card! In my line of work, I have seen, far too many times where these such things have happened! And they are authorised transactions so you can’t dispute them!


  • Ummm, I think there is a problem :/


  • This would have blown my mind. I’m glad my son never did this. He was never allowed to play on or use my phone. My credit details are not my phone so he would have been unable anyway. This is a new age problem where kids are allowed to do anything now – just give them your phone to keep them quiet!!


  • If the dad wants to pay for it, then what is the problem? If he expects you to pay for half then there is the main issue. Unfortunately parenting is difficult, even more so for both parents having the same opinions on everything.


  • That’s a huge deal and the husband is being irresponsible.


  • Lol, we don’t even spend $1 for apps for our kids, there’s so many nice apps out there for free. And when my teenagers want to spend money for apps and games they’ll have to work for it or get a job


  • That’s ridiculous, the child should not be able to buy whatever he wants at that age.


  • Make your husband pay the bill for the child and not decrease your housekeeping or the amount put in the budget for all the other bills you have to pay. If it hits HIS hip pocket, he might realise it is a big deal.


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