Kids Use of Smartphones, Tablets Doesn't Have to Come With Big Bills

ABC News' Juju Chang reports the latest news on potential ways to prevent extra charges while your kids play with their favorite phone app.
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Next up, our new series on modern parenting. How kids are racking up big bills on tablets and phones while playing games. Kanye west come mained about it. Juju cha skju Chang here with the details. I'm embarrassed to admit it, my youngest son was naf VAD vaiting an iPad like a champ. When toddlers who can't read are asked to buy coins or toys or superpowers, it can lead to eye popping results as Kanye found out. It drives parents nuts. Including, it turns out, Kanye west. ? I need you right now ? Reporter: Kanye has a 2-year-old daughter north, with Kim Kardashian west. Taking to Twitter, ranting about companies who put in-app purchases in games. We give the iPad to our child and every five minutes there's a charge. Kids, even toddlers, using devices like iPads, racking up big bills with in-app purchases. Without parents' consent. We had a conversation with our children about being responsible users of technology. We made sure hay Thu the rules of using the technology and the consequences of breaking those rules. Reporter: A 2012 survey looked at 400 apps made for childrenabc's Mara schiavocampo here with that and what you can do to keep your child safe. Good morning, Mara. Reporter: Robin, good morning. The teen now recovering. Police don't have a motive yet in what appears to be anunusual ca terrifying moment caught O surveillance video. A 17-year-old girl jumping from a movg Cinar if gepoid,rt Connecticut, Al legedkidnapper. Police say, the victim, whose name hasn't been released, walking to school Monday when this n,mawo-y 38olr-ead Tawanna Randall offered her a ride. It appeared to be a good samaritan offering a ride because it was cold out this morning. Reporter: Authorities say what seemed like a good deed ntwe Ericka souter here. What is your first tip for parents to help avoid the big bills. First of all, don't give any child your pass word. That's the big one. You want to make sure every time there's a purchase to be made you have to put in that password so you're in control. Parents should Tai pay attention to the games their kids are playing. True, true. There's games that say they're free, the ftc noted that of all the games that said they were free, most of them require you to headache in-app purchases to keep going. If you want to turn off those in-app purchases, how to you to it? It's easier than people think. Go the settings. Right. And then next go to general. Right there. And then, next, restrictions. And then after you get to the restrictions page. Go the enable reconvictions. Press that button. It will ask you for a four-digit code that you'll always use. Scroll down. You're going to disable the in-app purchases. It's very basic. What if you don't want to turn it off but you do want a password protection so your kids can't get in there? I learned this the hard way. My son wanted to buy a $3 bonus for a game. I allowed him the buy it. I got a bill later saying he spent $69. In the 15-minute time span that your pass word is active, they can keep buying. Go back to the restrictions page. And you want to select pass word settings. And that will give you a choice to always retire or retire after 15 minutes. Press the always retire. That way, you don't have to worry about the big bill. What about an android phone? Inside the Google play store app and Amazon's store, you can disable the purchasing power as well. Your kids know how to do this. They're not going to share it with you. That's hi rehave Ericka here. My kids have found way to put their finger prinlts on my

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