Are you fed up of your kids making useless online purchases on your smartphones? Have you tried enough tricks to prevent them from doing so? Well, do not panic yet as we have compiled for you a list of handy tricks that you can put to use. Exercise these tips to prevent your child from unnecessarily spending and at the same time ensure that you have instilled in them some good values.
The four tricks are:
Make the in app purchases out of reach for your kid
Have you realized how heavy on your pocket are all these app purchases? If trying to explain it to your kids did not help, try making the purchases inaccessible for your kids. Yes, it will really work. Here is how you can make these inaccessible-
- Open â€˜Settingsâ€™.
- Select â€˜Generalâ€™.
- Now select â€˜Restrictionsâ€™ and create a four-digit pin.
- Finally, find the â€˜Restrictionsâ€™ menu and slide off the features you donâ€™t want your child to use which include YouTube, your camera, iTunes store. Note that if you want to use these features later then you have to reverse the process.
Create separate folders
Make desired apps easy to find by naming the folder after your child name. Here is how you can do it-
- Along with your child, search all your apps and make a list of favorites.
- Make a folder by asking your child to keep their finger on an app.
- Help them to move their favorite app icons over one another. A folder is automatically created. Type in your childâ€™s name and tap the screen again to close the folder. Likewise, you can make as many folders as you want.
- Now move the folder to the dock i.e. the shelf on the bottom, so that it is easily seen. Swipe through the apps and fill the folder.
If you let your child to find, name and fill the folders, then he will get used to it. You can easily rename a folder later or simply erase the folder by emptying its contents in case you made any mistake.
Â View your account details regularly One very good practice is to regularly keep a tab on your account. Browse into iTunes and find the â€˜Purchase Historyâ€™ tab in your Account and have a look on your recent purchases. Make sure you also check your bank statements.
Fixed monthly allowance
If you have your child set up with his or her own iTunes Store account, then, you can fund that account with a monthly allowance so that a fixed amount of money between $10 and $50 can be sent to your childâ€™s account every month. In case they donâ€™t entirely use the money, the remaining balance can be easily rolled over to the next month.
In case you donâ€™t want to fund your childâ€™s account every month, you can easily send them an iTunes gift certificate either by e-mail or send them a hard copy through the Post Office. This will give them a one-time cash infusion. If you want, you can also fund your account in a similar manner. When your account is empty, itâ€™s empty and that will allow children to know the importance of money.
With these easy tricks you can ensure that your child maintains a strict spending routine. Let him/her become a smart spender and you too enjoy the benefits, after all, these tips will take care that your hard earned money is smartly spent.