Pan European Game Information (Pegi) announced that video games will include a warning icon if they offer in-games purchases. This will inform parents that the game contains in-app purchases.
The icon is a hand holding a credit card
This icon will appear alongside other symbols like age limit, whether a game includes content like sex, drugs, and violence.
Many video game makers make their profit through in-game purchases. For instance, Fortnite which is highly popular among children is free to play but their main revenue stream comes from in-game purchases.
A warning sign like this will be a good indication for parents whether their children should be allowed to play a particular game or not. This information will be made available at the time of purchase so parents can decide how they would monitor/limit their child’s spending.
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Before this parents would spend $40 for a video game and that would be the end of it. Now days it seems like video games are available for free to download and once a player is hooked they spend even more cash on buying in-game items.
If you are aware your child is playing a game that allows them to make in-game purchases then set a budget and monitor their spending. Allow them to make a purchase only after a certain activity is completed. For instance, achieving a certain grade, completing homework/housework, playing outside for x number of hours, etc. Set rules that would work for your child as every family have different screen time rules.
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