Following the recent bout of incidences that saw parents faced with huge iTunes bills after their kids had unwittingly downloaded in-app purchases, Apple has highlighted its "Parents' Guide to iTunes" section in the UK App Store's Featured tab.
Earlier this month, we reported that a five-year-old had accidentally spent £1,700 of his parents' money by downloading in-app purchases on a free-to-play iPad game, and just days later, an eight-year-old boy racked up a bill of almost £1000 while playing a Simpsons game.
This week, it has been reported that a father has accused his 13-year-old son of fraud for spending £3,700 on his iPad while playing Plants vs Zombies and NOVA 3.
When the boy's father, Doug Crossan, who is a 48-year-old police officer from Somerset, found out that his son Cameron had spent all this money on in-app purchases, he decided to issue a complaint accusing his son of fraud in the hope of getting his money back from Apple. The teenager could now face arrest and questioning by detectives, reports the Daily Mail.
Apple has yet to refund Doug's money, stating that parents should be aware of the parental locks offered on iOS devices. Apple did, however, refund the money spent by the children in the previous two cases.
With a growing number of cases like these, parents are becoming increasingly concerned about letting their children use their iPads and iPhones to play game, so Apple has introduced a "Parents' Guide to iTunes" section to the "Featured" page of the UK App Store, in an attempt to prevent further cases like the ones we've seen this month.
The "Parents' Guide to iTunes" offers advice about Apple ID Passwords, limiting the amount children can spend through the use of Gift Cards, the Parental Controls available on iOS devices, and device Passcodes to stop children from being able to access the iPad or iPhone at all.
Additionally, Apple has also introduced a disclosure to apps in its App Store, to alert customers to the fact that the app has in-app purchases.
In the US, Apple is paying out £66 million in compensation for parents whose children racked up large bills through in-app purchases while using free-to-download apps. The "Parents' Guide to iTunes" doesn't appear to be Featured in the US App Store, however.