Most games and devices have settings that can help you manage what your child is spending. You might decide to switch off in-app purchases completely or choose to set them a monthly budget.
If your child is younger we would recommend switching off in-app purchases on your child’s device to prevent them from buying loot boxes and games on the app store.
How to switch off in-app purchases
Apple Store (Apple Devices)
1) Go to ‘Settings’ and select ‘Screen time’.
2) Tap ‘Content & Privacy Restrictions’ and then ‘iTunes and App Store Purchases’.
3) Select ‘In-app purchases’ and then ‘Don’t Allow’.
We would recommend also selecting ‘Always Require’ underneath the ‘Require Password’ setting so your child can’t purchase anything on the app store without entering a password.
Google Play Store (Samsung and Android)
1) Go onto your Apps and then select Play Store.
2) Tap ‘Menu’ and then ‘Settings.
3) Select ‘Require authentication for purchases’ and then ‘For all purchases through
Google Play on this device’.
If you want to set your child a monthly spending budget you could purchase a Google Play Store or iTunes voucher.
On Xbox you can create a passcode to prevent your child from purchasing anything in a game or on the app store. You can also add money to your child’s account to set limits on how much they can spend. Playstation also has parental controls that allow you to limit your child’s transactions.
Check out How to use parental controls on popular gaming devices for more information on this.