New Data Reveals High Cost of Accidental App Purchase, Meep Store Prevents Misuse with Parental Controls

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Recent reports from the UK reveal how English parents experience problems with accidental app purchases among children. Meep Store offers a unique solution for preventing this experience among American consumers.

The Meep Tablet—a kid-friendly resource designed by the creative minds at Oregon Scientific—and its Meep Store provides a unique and safe way for children to purchase apps, such as e-books and educational games. While the Meep Tablet offers many advantages to children, parents note that its allowance system and app-store relieves a great deal of prevalent consumers that are experienced not only in America, but also at the global level. In fact, a recent article from the UK-based This is Money reveals, “Parents fork out £30 million on accidental purchases made by their children on smartphones and tablets.”

Although many parents may feel that it is harmless to allow their children read books, play games or watch movies on their mobile devices, the makers of the Meep Store note that there is endless opportunity for children to accidentally drain bank accounts through popular adult tablets. In a recent press statement, Oregon Scientific explains, “Whether a child is agreeing to an ‘in-app purchase’ or simply downloading a new game or movie, they may be using funds that the parent has not approved for use.”

According to This is Money, a recent study in the UK found that, “eight-year-olds tended to run up the highest bills, adding an average £59.59, while more than a third (36 percent) of children aged four and under have made purchases without permission.” Whether accidental or on purpose, these fees can create consequences for adult consumers. As such, the Meep Store continues to offer a unique advantage to parents who want to ensure their child is spending money appropriately—or not at all—on a device.

“At Oregon Scientific we designed the Meep and the e-commerce portion of the Meep in a way that parents do not need worry about their child over charging their accounts. Our Meep Store uses coins that parents allocate to their child with one time transactions that the parent manages. For example, a parent can purchase $10 worth of Meep coins and those coins will then be present in the child’s account. It stops overcharges from happening and also teaches kids how to manage a budget,” the makers of the Meep Store explain in the Oregon Scientific press statement.


Meep Store and Meep Tablet by Oregon Scientific come as an innovative option for young users who love tech-based gadgets but are not old enough to responsibly use the Internet without parental assistance. The store and app provided through the kid-friendly Meep Tablet, allows children to purchase apps, e-books, games and more by using virtual coins through an allowance that parents can set up. All of the forms of entertainment featured in the store are thrilling, but also age appropriate. The Meep is an Android-based tablet that is designed especially for children ages six through 11. Since it was built with children in mind, the device is durable and specifically crafted for young hands. It is fully-functional, but also able to provide hours of enjoyment without creating concern among parents.

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