Logan Ireland used to spend hours on the Roblox app. The fifth-grader from North Carolina used the app’s virtual money, called Robux, to buy clothes and furniture for her avatar.
But last fall, Logan got a huge shock. Her mom was looking at a bank statement. It showed that each time Logan bought Robux, the app had taken real money out of her family’s account. Without realizing it, Logan had spent more than $1,600 in three months!
“I was surprised,” Logan says. “I felt really guilty.”
Logan’s situation isn’t unusual. Experts say it’s important for kids to know how to avoid being tricked by apps.