As your teens become more independent, it’s good for them to be aware of all the purchases that can come up online – especially the ones that happen without them knowing about it.
Here are some of the most common (and sometimes hard to spot) ways teens can spend money online and how you can help them avoid online charges.
Though apps are often free, there are sometimes additional expenses to gain further functions. This could include experiencing an ad-free version of the app, extra lives in a game or getting extra content.
It’s important to teach your teens about the presence of these as they can often seem like intangible or inconsequential purchases, but if you do too many they can really add up.
There are a few ways your teen can put barriers on these purchases. For instance on an iPhone you can set it so you need to enter a passcode before any in-app purchase. This gives a chance to stop and think before buying.
Help your teens avoid bill-shock in the future by having a conversation about phone data early on. Discuss what costs they need to be aware of when it comes to phone data.
With some plans, if you go over the limit for the month then you are automatically charged a fee, which could potentially throw off a section of your teen’s budget.
There are some easy ways to reduce data usage, such as:
• Turn off push notifications
• Turn off video auto play so Facebook videos don’t play automatically
• Turn off background data usage for certain apps
Teach your teens to review their phone bill each month so they can understand and pick up on any additional charges they’re incurring. Being aware of these is often half the battle.
Online shopping is a great way for your teens to access deals and items they can’t usually get in Australia, but they need to be aware of potential fees. For instance, if you buy from an overseas retailer using your debit or credit card, some banks may charge international transaction fees. They aren’t massive costs, but they can definitely add up and can be a bit of a surprise in the bank statement.
Get your teen to think about an ING Orange Everyday Youth account. They’ll be able to make online purchases and avoid ING international transaction fees, no matter where the retailer is based.
If your teen is a gamer, make them aware of the costs that can pop up through online gaming. Many gaming sites and platforms can be a tempting environment for a teen to spend extra money.
Steam for instance is a platform where people can buy, play and discuss games. Since you pay for games with a “Steam Wallet”, which connects to a credit or debit card, it can be easy to lose track of how much you’ve spent. It also often holds major sales which might tempt gamers further.
Help your teen budget for their gaming habit – they could allocate a certain amount of their regular budget to online games and stick to this amount.
For the curious:
Orange Everyday Youth
Orange Everyday Youth is an account for individuals who are 15 to 17 years old. Joint accounts and overdrafts are not available for Orange Everyday Youth.
Rebate Offers for Orange Everyday Youth Customers
All Orange Everyday Youth accounts will receive the Global ATM Rebate Offer and the International Transaction Fee Rebate Offer. This means that:
• for ATMs in Australia – any ATM fee charged by the ATM operator is paid back to you immediately following the transaction,
• for ATMs outside Australia:
- ING will pay back the International ATM withdrawal fee of $2.50 immediately after it is charged, and
ING will pay back any ATM fee charged by the ATM operator when your transaction is finalised (settled).
- While a transaction is pending, the amount the ATM operator charges in fees will be deducted from your available balance and will be paid back to you after the transaction is finalised (settled). ATM transactions made outside Australia can take up to 5 business days to finalise, so that means it can take up to 5 business days for us to pay back overseas ATM fees to you, and
- for ING international transaction fees on card purchases – ING will pay back the International Transaction fee of 2.5% of the amount of the international transaction immediately after it is charged. The person you’re buying things from may charge you a separate fee for their services (which we will not pay back to you under this offer).
This offer may be changed or withdrawn at any time at ING’s sole discretion.
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