At National Online Safety, we provide multi-award-winning online safety education for the whole school community. It’s our mission to make the internet a safer place for children. We believe that when children go online to learn, communicate or play, they should be able to do so safely. That’s why we provide schools all over the world with the knowledge they need in order to tackle new and evolving online risks.
Young internet users can make in-app or in-game purchases easily, and often without thinking it through. If proper controls aren’t set up, this can quickly lead to hefty bills; our bite-size video explains how to avoid being left out of pocket.
Even if a game or app is free to download, that’s no guarantee it won’t end up costing money – potentially, quite a lot of money. Some games and apps give users the option of paying real-world currency to enhance their experience: unlocking new characters or new equipment, for instance. If you happen to have your bank card details or another payment method (such as PayPal) linked to their account, then it’s all to easy for an excited youngster – eager to make rapid progress in their favourite game – to run up an eye-watering overspend in almost no time at all.