8-year-old's £4,000 My Horse iPad bill

An eight-year-old has managed to blow £4,000 of her Dad's cash on "free" iPad apps. Apple has subsequently agreed to refund 43-year-old Lee Neale's cash following his daughter splurging out on 74 transactions - from Smurfs' Village to My Horse and Campus Life.

But Neale is warning other parents on the peril of mixing apps - and kids' itchy fingers.

Horse addiction

Apple emailed Somerset-based Lee Neale every time his daughter made the purchases. But the emails went to his work address. Neale had been seconded to another company, and never received the Apple emails.

"Lily had used the password she'd seen me enter to download the games," Neale told the Sun. "She is only eight years old. Even when I sat her down and explained that what she was doing had cost dad money, I still don't think she really understood."

The bill shock, run up between March and July, caused Neale to consider flogging his car to pay the iTunes bill. So, how do you protect your iTunes account from The Little People?

Settings>General>Restrictions>Enable Restrictions

One option is to hide the App Store icon on your iPad or iPhone. In the General device settings menu, select Restrictions, then select Enable Restrictions. Then, enter a four-digit passcode number you can easily remember. Then switch on restrictions for In-App purchases and Installing Apps.

Or... stick your device on Airplane Mode before letting your kid play with it.

The incident is one of a string of iPad bill nightmares run up by children playing with parental high-tech gear. Earlier this year a five-year-old, Danny Kitchen, managed to run up a £1,700 bill on his parents' iPad within just 10 minutes.

Five-year-old Danny told the Telegraph: "I said to Dad can you put the passcode for the game he said no and then I said it was free so he said yes. The next day it cost lots of money. I was worried and I felt sad. I was crying. I'm not sure how I did it, I thought it was free."

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