Nintendo Reminds Parents About Parental Controls

Kids spending their parents money seems to have all three console developers concerned.

By Jon Stevens. Posted 12/19/2014 16:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

We have all seen it in the news– a child has spent hundreds of dollars on in-app purchases and their parents are left to foot the bill. Now Nintendo has stepped in to warn parents and guardians about leaving their Wii U and 3DS systems unlocked for their children to access.

On its Japanese site, Nintendo has made a sincere request addressing the use of parental controls on its consoles. In a section regarding online payments, the developer confirms that there have been cases where children have used their parents’ credit cards to purchase games through the Nintendo eShop.

The message seems to suggest that despite the fact that both the Wii U and 3DS have parental features, not enough people are currently aware of them. The problem doesn’t seem to be solely restricted to Nintendo consoles, though, as Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony have all published a joint message reminding parents and guardians of the existence of parental consoles on their consoles.

While it’s great to see them come together on this issue, it’s a shame that it even has to be mentioned. But alas, it seems that such precautions are needed.

Source: Kotaku

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