A four years old Malaysian child spent RM700 worth of toys because of YouTube ads online
You all know the horror stories of how kids would overspend on some in-game or online items when unsupervised. The latest news here is that a four years old kid from Shah Alam, Selangor has bought toys worth up to RM700 without his parents' knowledge. Yikes.
This incident was first discovered by the kid's mother Sharifah Cut Hastasy Nasir, 28, caught by surprise with various toy shipments on 18 March. Neither she nor her husband placed any orders and they soon realized and discovered that their son, Luth Harris Aufa had been purchasing toys while watching advertisements from YouTube videos and mobile games.
As most of us already know, ads would often appear from things we have searched online before. It seems that the ads for the toys often appeared in videos watched by her son, which caught his attention and touch the click and buy button. Sharifah's husband didn't receive any Transaction Verification Code (TAC) as well for the approval.
Luckily, the couple managed to cancel some additional orders made by their son up to RM200. Despite this accident, they didn't blame their son for this action and just take it as a lesson to be more careful. We urge all parents to do the same as well because children don't have experience in dealing with ads online.
But what do you think of this incident? And how would you prevent such things from happening? Should you let a toddler play with a gadget in the first place? Let us know in the comments below and stay tuned for more trending tech news at TechNave.com.