Google rolls out new way for kids to beg

Google has added in-app requests to purchase stuff. This comes as a surprise to me because I get requests fairly frequently to purchase items related to Roblox (usually X number of Robux.) Purchase requests have been rolled out, which send a request to the family manager who can then approve or disapprove the requests on their device.

A queue of items can be created giving you time to evaluate whether you want your kiddo to have this particular digital trinket.

Purchase requests

I usually don’t see the child’s side of requesting product, but the approval requests queue appears new.

We have yet to approve a purchase. One thing I do wish here is there were settings for auto-decline. Some app tricked my 7yo into requesting a $199 product recently and it’d be nice to just put a cap on the prices that can even be requested… like $9.

[Google Blog]

Paul King

Paul King lives in Nashville Tennessee with his wife, two daughters and cats. He writes for Pocketables, theITBaby, and is an IT consultant along with doing tech support for a film production company.