MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A University of Minnesota Family Science professor has some advice for parents who may have given the gift of an iPod Touch to their children over the holidays after a 6-year-old Chicago-area girl rang up $400 worth of apps on her new device.

The little girl’s parents blame pop-up ads and say it’s the gaming companies that are preying on children. But Bill Doherty said it’s the parents job to monitor the electronic activity of their children.

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“When they receive gifts … that exposes them to the whole world they are at risk and in this case they were at risk of the family having to pay a lot of money,” he said.

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Doherty said young children are not ready to handle the responsibilities of owning and operating some electronic devices.

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NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Susie Jones Interviews Bill Doherty