Quick tip of the day: Block unnecessary paid services when you have a curious toddler

Parenting, Personal finance

Our now 22-month-old loves playing with his dad’s cell phone. In the last three months, I discovered that his button-mashing fun had resulted in two downloads of some sort of Family Guy game at $3 a pop, a download of a Michael Jackson song for $2, plus associated taxes and fees.

Forcing myself to review all bills is actually one reason why I have never opted to go onto any auto-pay plan for any bills.

Amazingly, Verizon was very willing to deduct the charges and then disable all download services going forward. If you also have a curious toddler who loves cell phones, be sure to check your bills and consider doing the same to avoid any unnecessary expenses. The same goes for your cable bill — there’s usually an option to add in a PIN number to prevent accidental access to any paid content.

Feel free to leave any other comments on other things to watch out for with curious toddlers!


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One Feedback on "Quick tip of the day: Block unnecessary paid services when you have a curious toddler"


Best to enable the auto keypad lock – thatway the keypad locks up after a few seconds of inactivity and even though your toddler plays with the phone, nothing can be downloaded.


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