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MSE News: 'My son spent £150 on Fortnite' - how to avoid an unexpected bill

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Parents are being hit with unexpected bills because their children are spending money on the hit video game Fortnite without their knowledge. If your child plays Fortnite, here's how to make sure they're not spending your cash without permission...
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''My son spent £150 on Fortnite' - how to avoid an unexpected bill'
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  • molerat
    molerat Posts: 32,273 Forumite
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    Are parents really still this stupid after similar stories have been splashed all over the news for years ?
  • FredaJones
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    How many times does this have to happen before parents learn to pay attention?
  • LadyDee
    LadyDee Posts: 4,293 Forumite
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    It's all about Rights these days - we hear very little about Parental Responsibility. As long as the children are quiet that's all a lot of parents are interested in - they can get on with facebooking or texting or tweeting.
  • pogofish
    pogofish Posts: 10,853 Forumite
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    Funny sort of "holiday"/"entertainment" this, surely the Gaming or Tech forums would be a better place..?
  • AstroTurtle
    AstroTurtle Posts: 290 Forumite
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    In the UK the Video Standards council rate Fortnite as PEGI 12 for frequent scenes of mild violence. It is not suitable for persons under 12 years of age.

    Stop letting kids play games they aren't old enough for and then blaming the consoles when they spend your money that you gave them access too...
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  • Marvel1
    Marvel1 Posts: 7,227 Forumite
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    Parents: "Here is a console/PC to play games and add their card details."


    Without any idea how to set up security :wall: they should not be refunded.
  • Marvel1
    Marvel1 Posts: 7,227 Forumite
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    pogofish wrote: »
    Funny sort of "holiday"/"entertainment" this, surely the Gaming or Tech forums would be a better place..?



    I clicked on the article and thought the same, unless they think parents won't go there and more chance being here.
  • pogofish
    pogofish Posts: 10,853 Forumite
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    cjdavies wrote: »
    I clicked on the article and thought the same, unless they think parents won't go there and more chance being here.

    I don't think that could be the case - we do see threads of a very similar nature in those forums quite frequently.
  • CACHAF
    CACHAF Posts: 132 Forumite
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    When parents let their child use adult accounts with no supetvision, unauthorised payments are the least of their worries. If you're so oblivious to what your child is doing online that they can spend hundreds of thousands of pounds without your knowledge, then they could be in danger from scammers and other predators.
    Time for parents to actually take an active part in their children's gaming so they don't allow their children to come to harm.
  • ThumbRemote
    ThumbRemote Posts: 4,641 Forumite
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    pogofish wrote: »
    Funny sort of "holiday"/"entertainment" this, surely the Gaming or Tech forums would be a better place..?

    It's a computer game. It's entertainment.
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