PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 21, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- While many parents remain concerned over children purchasing apps without permission, the MEEP tablet by Oregon Scientific offers a MEEP Store
that can help prevent this common problem. Specifically, the MEEP offers a virtual allowance system that can allow parents to provide their children with allotted amount of funds for app purchases, preventing children from running up expensive bills. Although it may seem like this problem is one that can be easy to avoid, Oregon Scientific highlights a recent study featured in a new Telecompaper article that reveals, "Over 10 percent of parents have had children buy apps without permission."
In a recent press statement, Oregon Scientific comments, "Many parents may initially overlook their child's use of tablets and app purchases, as many apps are relatively inexpensive. However, continuous downloads and in-app purchases can really add up and that amount can surprise some adults. With the MEEP Store, parents can avoid this issue altogether, as it features a virtual allowance system, where the adult can set a predetermined amount and the child can learn to use those funds responsibly to purchase what they want."
In order to better illustrate what can happen if children's app purchases go unsupervised, Oregon Scientific points to a recent article from CBC News that discusses one mother's challenge with this problem. The article explains, "A mother is urging other parents to be wary, after her twin seven-year-olds racked up a $3,000 bill when she let them download and play an app from iTunes that she thought was free." Although the app, titled Clash of Clans, was free, its in-app purchases were responsible for the young users significant end total.
While the CBC article discusses a few tips for parents who want to safeguard their smartphones and tablets from in-app purchases, the MEEP Store can prevent any surprising totals altogether.
In addition, Oregon Scientific explains that the virtual allowance system can serve as a great tool for teaching children responsibility.
"Parents who want to reward their children--for getting good grades, doing chores, etc.--can fund their child's virtual allowance on the MEEP tablet. Knowing that they cannot download whatever they please, children can learn valuable money management skills just by choosing what they want to spend their allowance on in the MEEP Store," Oregon Scientific concludes in its press statement.
and MEEP tablet by Oregon Scientific come as an innovative option for young users who love tech-based gadgets but are not old enough to responsibly use the Internet without parental assistance. The store and app provided through the kid-friendly Meep Tablet, allows children to purchase apps, e-books, games and more by using virtual coins through an allowance that parents can set up. All of the forms of entertainment featured in the store are thrilling, but also age appropriate. The Meep is an Android-based tablet that is designed especially for children ages six through 11. Since it was built with children in mind, the device is durable and specifically crafted for young hands. It is fully-functional, but also able to provide hours of enjoyment without creating concern among parents.