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Don’t get caught out by online game costs

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: February 24, 2014

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CHILDREN who use their parents’ bank details to play online games could be running up huge bills Derbyshire County Council has warned.

The council’s trading standards team is advising parents to follow new Office of Fair Trading (OFT) guidance to make sure their children are not pressurised into making unauthorised purchases while playing computer games online.

The OFT suggests that parents check the ‘payment options’ settings on their child’s laptop, tablet or smart phone.

One option is to make sure that a password is required for every purchase rather than opening a ‘payment window’ in which the password is not needed for further payments

Check whether there are any ‘in-game’ purchases such as extra lives, and play the game themselves to understand what children will see.

The OFT also recommends parents carry out these checks regularly as game content can sometimes change via automatic updates.

FurSther advice is available online at www.getsafeonline.org or www.oft.gov.uk

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