parental time lockIn the Android world of tablets and phones, game costs pile up. We heard about a child who spent $70 on her new adventure game before mother caught on. Most of the money for these games goes for buying “equipment.” Like: everybody needs a light sword these days. Where have you been?

In response to criticism, the Google Play store now lets you set a password requirement for purchases offered within a game. To use that, tap the Google Play Store, then the menu button on your phone. From there, tap “settings” and look under “User Controls.” For iPhone users, you can set up a password requirement in “settings.” Tap “General” and then “Restrictions.”

If you want the device to shut off after a specific time, there’s an app for that. For Android, it’s “Kids Place.” For iPhone, it’s “Parental Time Lock.”

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