InspirationWorks has responded to the Office of Fair Trading’s investigation into in-app purchases, stating the company is already working to ensure that apps within the Kurio App Store either do not feature in-app purchases at all, or that the buying of these elements is fully controlled.
Kurio supports Free-to-Play/Freemium apps, which are both pre-loaded and available through the Kurio App Store. For apps which do feature in-app purchasing, parents are able to utilise the KurioGenius Parental Controls, in order to allow or block IAPs within apps. This can be set per profile, dependent on preference and the age of the user.
The Kurio App Store will allow children to have their own accounts, which are separate to their parents’, to enable them to buy and download apps and purchase items through IAPs using their own ‘piggy bank’ which parents can add funds to.
Children are then free to spend their piggy bank funds on apps and IAPs. Parents are able to hold children’s spending of any funds within the piggy bank, as well as allow or block the IAP option altogether, even if there are funds.
Craig Asling, software and gaming manager at InspirationWorks UK, explained: “We’ve covered every angle in keeping IAPs at a safe level for children using Kurio. Parents are in full control of all spending, to avoid any nasty surprise bills.
“The controls also mean that children are protected from marketing and pressure while playing, ensuring they are in a safe, child-friendly environment at all times.”
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