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#1 packysmum

Posted 13 July 2012 - 07:50 PM

Do your kids hassle you to buy new games or add ons of games? How often do you let them buy stuff? I know the games are cheap but I'm trying to make my son understand that they still cost $$

#2 Guest_~Karla~_*

Posted 13 July 2012 - 08:08 PM

Yes, my 6yo does. I just tell him "no, it costs money". Sometimes he accepts it, sometimes he throws a tantrum although he's figuring out that tantrum = no new apps for a LONG time whereas asking nicely for a free app when denied an expensive app = free app instead. Most of his apps are maths games, so I have no issues giving him more free ones if he asks nicely with no fuss.


#3 butterflies

Posted 13 July 2012 - 08:10 PM

no I don't let them buy games, the only they can have are the free ones.

although DD#1 has just given me $6 to buy two glee episodes but they don't have the password so I have to type in the password for them to get anything even the free ones.

#4 Kafkaesque

Posted 13 July 2012 - 08:15 PM

My kids have their own iTunes accounts and get $20 iTunes card put on their accounts. They are then free to spend it as they wish. They are 6 and 8 and we have been doing it this way for over a year. Both kids haven't had any credit on the accounts since February. They are really very stingy knowing its "their" money.

#5 vanessa71

Posted 13 July 2012 - 08:15 PM

DD was given some iTunes cards as a present, so if there is anything she wants that costs money, such as songs from the Annoying Orange, then she realises that it is coming off her voucher and she can see what balance she has. TBH, most of the apps we have have either been free or of very little cost.


#6 newkie

Posted 13 July 2012 - 08:18 PM

My kids have had them since Christmas, and at the time I let them each have one paid app and told them the rest had to be free ones. They all got at least one iTunes voucher for their birthdays (actually DD2 hasn't had hers yet), and that is the first time they've had paid apps apart from the ones I've paid for myself on my iPhone and shared (Angry Birds/Plants vs Zombies).

iPod's don't have to be the money guzzlers that DS's have the potential to be, it's up to you to set the rules.

#7 Coffeegirl

Posted 13 July 2012 - 08:19 PM

My two earn their own itunes vouchers that I then load on their accounts.   They each have their own account as one would 'steal' the other's credit when they shared. Once that credit is used up they have to earn more!    


I watch for the cards to go on sale at my local Caltex (often 20% off) and stock up as they make good gifts for birthday parties too.

#8 JRA

Posted 13 July 2012 - 08:50 PM

DS is on our one iTunes account, as we all often want the same music. So everything is together.

We have a book which keeps track of his spending for his "stuff" this includes tanks etc on world of tanks. He has rarely bought stuff for his iPod, as in games etc.


#9 Princess.cranky.pants

Posted 13 July 2012 - 10:22 PM

My 7 year old has only had an Ipod for a few months and she doesn't really hassle me for apps. She got an itunes card in April and hasn't use it yet. I mainly get free apps for it.

DD use the ipod mostly for music (mostly CDs we already had).

#10 ~JASB~

Posted 13 July 2012 - 10:51 PM

QUOTE (JRA @ 13/07/2012, 08:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
DS is on our one iTunes account, as we all often want the same music. So everything is together.

I'm going to risk sounding like an idiot wink.gif  JRA, can you (or anyone) please tell me how this works?  I have my own iPod Touch, and I've bought DS#1 one for his birthday coming up.  He listens to a lot of the same music as me.  Using the same iTunes account, can I have songs on both iPods, that I've only paid for once?  How does that work?

Bit of a novice wink.gif


#11 Unatheowl

Posted 13 July 2012 - 10:56 PM

Dd and ds have an iPad each.  Dd is only 2 so she doesn't realize how it works  ph34r.gif

Ds went through a stage where he would constantly ask for a new game.  We made a rule that he would delete an old game in place of the new.  He couldn't bear to delete any games. original.gif

#12 -river-

Posted 13 July 2012 - 11:11 PM

Our kids only get free apps. DD has asked but she accepts that we are not purchasing any.

#13 SummerStar

Posted 13 July 2012 - 11:12 PM

Mine don't ask but they get spending money every school holidays and they often use some to buy a voucher. Which they usually spend in a day but they know if they do it's gone until the next one.

#14 FeralMinx

Posted 13 July 2012 - 11:35 PM

I keep a tab on what apps have gone free and download them so the kids always have something new to try for no outlay.

#15 sophiasmum

Posted 14 July 2012 - 07:59 AM

Yes they do. They have some credit on a gift voucher, but they know to use it wisely and ALWAYS ask. But most of the time we only get the free stuff & use the credit for songs they really want.

#16 JRA

Posted 14 July 2012 - 08:12 AM

QUOTE
I'm going to risk sounding like an idiot  JRA, can you (or anyone) please tell me how this works? I have my own iPod Touch, and I've bought DS#1 one for his birthday coming up. He listens to a lot of the same music as me. Using the same iTunes account, can I have songs on both iPods, that I've only paid for once? How does that work?


Yes you can.

Everything on our house is on the same account. They just use the same account. I am not sure if there is anything trickier than that. I will check with Dh.

Of course it does mean that when he is older and wants more perhaps it may get trickier, but it works for us now, so we are happy.

#17 JRA

Posted 14 July 2012 - 08:30 AM

On the syncing, you can just set up different rules for different devices in the one account. You can specify which music playlists/artists etc go to which device

#18 KNL909

Posted 14 July 2012 - 09:28 AM

DD is happy with the free apps.

#19 Sunny003

Posted 14 July 2012 - 09:38 AM

I thought the syncing was through iCloud?

I really don't need spiderman and cut the ripe on my phone Chase! LOL it came up automatically, I didn't have to plug into the computer or anything.
Reminds me, I need to disable that wink.gif

#20 morgansacre

Posted 14 July 2012 - 09:44 AM

Both my girls have both. The oldest gets her own money so I don't have to worry about her. The youngest, 15, will ask say once a month for a specific game but it's mostly for ebooks she asks for, as she's not a real book reader, I won't say no to this, but she only asks rarely.

Why not set up a chore that they can do to earn the money for the game or games they want. Something that you mostly do but they can take over once in a while to earn the money...like putting the dishes away, dusting, emptying the smaller garbage bins, cleaning their room, etc

This way they know if they want the game they have to work to earn it.

Lynn

Edited by morgansacre, 14 July 2012 - 09:45 AM.


#21 lactasticmama

Posted 14 July 2012 - 09:53 AM

Nope. And if she asks, I usually get her to earn it wink.gif Though if it's a free game I'll get her one, but paid I'll use it as a reward.

Most of the time I just surprise her with new apps/games. She has enough that she doesn't ask anyway.

#22 IsolaBella

Posted 14 July 2012 - 10:02 AM

DS2's ipad is being set up for educational purposes only.

The only games on DH's ipod Touch and iPad (which the kids sometimes use when traveling) for the kids are just angry birds and cut the rope free versions. We are not paying for games for  the kids.

Like PP we have one iTunes account which the whole family uses. I have 4 x old 3rd Gen Nano's (had some movies and music on for the kids plus one for me - I like the old Nano), 2 x iPad, 1 x iPod Touch and 1 x iPhone 4 all on the same account. Some use the Cloud for most synching, others use the computer. Oh yeah, forgot to add the physical computer with the account too.



#23 Daisy Goat

Posted 14 July 2012 - 10:44 AM

Most apps on my boys iPads are educational. But they have games too. They "earn" these....sometimes I "earn" them and get them a new game  as a way to earn me some peace!

I have one iTunes acct on my laptop that syncs their iPads and mine and also my iPhone.

AS JRA said you can sync each one individually. The iTunes acct recognises which device you have plugged in and tells you in the sidebar e.g.:DaisyGoats iPad or DaisyGoats iPhone..... and shows you which apps you have installed on that device.

This way you only pay for the app once not for each device. It also enables you to keep control of what they have on their device.

I have the boys iPads locked from any purchases. I also have the rating set to G only so that they cannot access any You tube that is rated unsuitable for them. Their iPads are also set with restrictions to adding or deleting anything so that they can't accidentally delete apps.

Edited by Daisy Goat, 14 July 2012 - 10:45 AM.


#24 Sif

Posted 14 July 2012 - 12:07 PM

All my boys devices are on my account and I process all purchases and installations myself, so yep, I do hear, 'Can you get me...' a fair bit. I get them free apps when I have spare time. Purchased apps are bought from intunes vouchers they get for birthdays and Christmas (for my kids that's roughly 20 dollars every six months). They understand that all purchases are a) vetted by me and b) must be shared with everyone (as we're all on one account). This works well with our family philosophy.

#25 Melidia

Posted 14 July 2012 - 12:14 PM

My DS was particularly bad with this.  He had also worked out that if I put the password in and downloaded something for him and he kept browsing the app store he could download more stuff without reentering the password for that session - which has cost me money lol!

So I've taught him what the word 'FREE' looks like and have told him he can only have apps that have this word next to them.  

I also disable the wifi connection after downloading so if it's reactivated it will prompt for the password for any more downloads lol  original.gif




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