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Apple to refund more than $32M for kids' purchases; some blame parents

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Apple will refund more than $32 million to consumers whose children made app purchases without their parents' consent.

The feds say Apple did not clarify to parents that purchases could be made during games, and that other apps could be bought without them entering a password.

Some are putting the blame on parents rather than Apple, however, for not better monitoring their children's purchases.

Val Lombardi says when it comes to her son's iPhone, the password and she and her husband's approval is the only way he downloads apps.

"Just me and my husband have the passwords," said Lombardi.

Apple is now forking over bug bucks to parents whose children may have downloaded apps or purchased something within another app, without the parents' knowledge or permission.

In 2011, parents complained and filed suit against Apple.

The company has since added more stringent controls for in-game purchases, and tried to educate parents about how app purchases work.

"They usually don't let me purchase anything, and they, like, keep it on the minimum," said 18-year-old Hailey Krieg. Krieg says her parents have always monitored what gets downloaded onto her iPhone.

Krieg says she sometimes sees prompts for in-app purchases, but avoids clicking on them.

But some say that a degree of responsibility lies with the parents.

"The parents should learn the device, but if the parent doesn't know, it's very difficult to figure out what you are supposed to know," said Lombardi.

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