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.READ MORE: Zoomies, Head Tilts And Grins: Why Do Our Dogs Do What They Do?
“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.READ MORE: Bahjo Mohamed, Pioneering Light Rail Operator, Dies In Somalia Suicide Bombing
Doherty said young children are not ready to handle the responsibilities of owning and operating some electronic devices.MORE NEWS: State Officials Believe There's Enough Supply For Timely Vaccinations Of 12 To 15 Year Olds In Wake Of FDA Approval
NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Susie Jones Interviews Bill Doherty