Meshel Laurie admits she feels to blame after her 9yr old son racked up a huge $1000 gaming debt.
Mum of two and local radio host, Meshel Laurie, shared on Sydney Morning Herald how her nine-year-old son spent $1000 on a Counterfeit Domino Crown and some MidSummer Horns for the virtual identity he’s created in an online gaming platform.
“Yep, I guess it’s our turn to be that family. The one with the big credit card bill thanks to the kid who figured out how to bypass parental sign-in procedures when using the card online but pleads complete ignorance when it comes to the pricing mechanism of his favourite site.”
Meshel confesses, “I was prepared to accept full responsibility, for not “being more present” as Instagram and utility company ads all keep reminding me I need to be. I’d given him permission to spend $15 on the site before racing off down the backyard to help my mother extract seven kittens from the chook pen (a long story for another day). Surely he’d been confused by the amounts on the screen, the poor little fella.”
But it seem he wasn’t confused at all. Meshel continues, “Was it an accident, mate?” I asked him gently, but before I could offer my theory, his shame-faced look to the floor gave him away. Then he came out with the rather odd non sequitur: “I was being lazy and I wanted to find out if you really do get emails every time someone uses the account.”
Meshel then admitted as any guilt ridden parent does, “I have to take responsibility for this mess. I allowed him to become obsessed with this terrible game because it kept him occupied. For months I tried to reason with him about the stupidity of spending money on it like I was talking to an adult, and then I was surprised when he didn’t seem to get how illogical it was.”
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