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Secret Downloads: Cornish Parents Bill Problems

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:20am 15th May 2013.

Cornish parents say mums and dads need to be more responsible over how their children use their smartphones and iPads.

Pirate FM has learnt that more than a quarter (28%) in the South-West have been caught out by their kids downloading apps without permission or by accident.

The research by Windows Phone also reckons two thirds faced a massive monthly bill as a result and a third now hide their smartphone and tablet.

One Duchy mum is calling for tighter security after her son ran up £2,000 on her smartphone.

Rhonda in Helston has strict settings after her friend was stung: "He said it was free, so mummy said 'OK you can go into it', but they charged him and it came out at thousands, absolutely thousands. She appealed against it and she got her money back because he was underage.

"It is deceiving. Parents should keep a control on it as well because it is our responsibility to know what our children are doing on computers, but it shouldn't happen. They shouldn't be charging."

The research also showed a risk of social media pranks. A fifth (20%) of kids in the South-West have sneakily updated a parent's Facebook status and a sixth (16%) updated their Twitter status. Potentially causing a career limiting move, one in ten kids in the region (8%) have also hijacked a parent's Facebook profile to comment on or insult their boss.

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