With end of term coming for schools across the UK next week, many children will be turning to video games to have fun and play with friends and family over the summer. Now, Xbox is helping parents better track and manage their kids’ spending while they play.
Today, Xbox released several new updates to the Xbox Family Settings app, available for free on iOS and Android, to make it even easier for parents to oversee their children’s purchases right from their phone.
Read more about these new features here, which include:
- Add funds and approve purchases directly in the app:Parents can now add money to their children’s account directly from the Family Settings app, and approve purchases for games, and in-game content like skins, and apps. This feature is a great way for parents who want to reward kids, or set digital form of pocket money.
- The ‘Ask to Buy’ feature: Parents can turn this feature ‘on’ to receive a notification each time their child wants to make a purchase that they don’t have sufficient funds for. Parents can then add money to their account for an in-game purchase. And if parents don’t want to approve the purchase, they can simply select the “deny” button.
- Other updates, such as the ability to view account balancesand spending history.
These new features add to the already robust Xbox Family Settings app, which empowers parents to create child accounts, update screen time limits, respond to notifications, ability to approve multiplayer access, manage who their children can play and communicate with and much more – all from their phone.
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