From the New York Times:
Is your child a "whale"?
A teenager once spent $6,500 on Facebook games over two weeks, according to a recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting. Some Facebook employees internally referred to these children as "whales," a term typically used by casinos to describe the highest of high rollers.
The report follows actions by the Federal Trade Commission five years ago that required Apple and Google to issue millions of dollars in refunds to parents whose children made unauthorized in-app charges. In 2017, the F.T.C. made a similar arrangement with Amazon.
At the heart of all of this are mobile games that persuade children — who are the most vulnerable — to buy virtual goods using their parents' credit card accounts while they are playing. It has become such an issue that these games have been called "bait apps" in class-action lawsuits.
So what can adults do to prevent their children from falling prey to bait apps and running up their credit card bills?