An Angus Reid survey says six-in-10 Canadians blame parents when a child between the ages of four and 10 makes unauthorized app purchases.
A new public opinion poll shows 62 per cent of respondents say the parent should be monitoring their child more closely and add extra security measures on their devices.
The survey also found 72 per cent say a child over the age of 10 should know better than to purchase an app on their parents’ mobile devices, but three per cent say kids under that age are most responsible for unauthorized purchases.
The survey comes shortly after a recent U.S. lawsuit that Apple, Google, and Amazon settled for a combined $120 million.
While nearly two-thirds of the survey says parents are to blame in such situations, 48 per-cent would welcome federal government regulations aimed at preventing kids from buying digital goods without parental supervision.
Angus Reid says one-in-seven Canadians have experienced kids buying something they were not supposed to on a mobile device, either living with the child in question or it happened to a close friend or relative.
Among those under age 35, exposure to situations like these rise to one-in-five.