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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 4:00 am

There are some parents in this world who aren’t happy about the products being provided by Apple through their Apps program. They are so unhappy in fact, that they felt the need to file a lawsuit.

The lawsuit is about 21 pages long, but the point of it is that a group of parents, including the main attorney, Garen Meguerian, are not happy that certain games cost money, and their children are becoming too addicted to these games.

The wording in the lawsuit is laughable because it boils down to a group of parents who are clueless, and apparently have no control over their own children.

The lawsuit alleges that, “Among the many thousands of Apps that Apple offers for sale are gaming Apps targeted at children. Numerous gaming Apps are offered for free, although many such games are designed to induce purchases of what Apple refers to as ‘In-App Purchases.’ These games are highly addictive, designed deliberately so, and tend to get children playing them to purchase large quantities of Game Currency, amounting to as much as $100 per purchase or more.”

I laughed out loud when I read the part in the lawsuit where it called out a Smurf game. Did you know that 1,000 Smurfberries cost $59? My gosh, I really hope the court system can help these poor parents whose children just can’t be helped.

Maybe a new rehabilitation center should be opened for those children needing a Smurfberry intervention. Just make sure you don’t paint the room in blue.

Or, instead of a Smurfberry intervention or costly lawsuit, the best solution to this “huge” problem is for the parents to stop allowing their children to have the opportunity to buy the Smurfberries.

These parents apparently have nowhere else to turn except to the courts. Who else is going to make these Smurfberry-loving children stop the madness?

It’s interesting that these parents, including the attorney who has a 9-year-old and 12-year-old daughter, actually believe Apple should pay for them giving their children too much freedom on a Smartphone, iPad or whatever other device they own.

Really, you can’t watch your child, and see the pop-up asking them to buy a product, and say this strange word that maybe they need help pronouncing, it’s very simple, but apparently so tough at the same time. Are you ready for it? That word is NO. The big NO for purchasing expensive game currency, saying NO when the child appears to be “addicted” to a specific game.

Here’s a strange thought after you say the word NO, take the device, send them outside and make them do a strange thing like ride a bike. The outside is out of the question, make them sit and read a book.

Why in the world should Apple be sued for creating a product that children like? Apple does not twist your arm to allow children to purchase the Apps, and it’s certainly not Apple’s job to patrol, and parent your children.

I just can’t figure out what happened to accountability. Stop blaming Apple. Be a parent, be the bad guy, and say NO.

The parents claim Apple’s system where their password is remembered for up to 15 minutes after it is entered is causing the majority of the problems, and the children are so good at manipulating the system that they are pushing buy, buy, buy.

Apple may offer the product, but it’s the parents making it available to the children. Accountability may be required here.

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