Friday, June 16, 2017

Just touch it

Kids now days seem to be growing up so fast. They are really smart and learn things at a much younger age than we did, electronics and computers are almost as common to them as breathing is for us.

I have a few electronic items, a computer, my Kindle, well maybe I don't have so many, but I can operate them just fine, and if I ever get stumped our Grandson finds the solution and fixes it for me, rather quickly too.
Our Grandson wearing sunglasses and a tie.
He is quite the expert for a seven year old.

When he was a little younger Cindy and I had gone for a visit, we were just walking in the door, getting our hellos, hugs and kisses, when Benjamin asked Cindy "Hey Mimi, do you have games on your phone?" Cindy replied "No, but I have you on my phone" she then handed him her phone so he could see the picture of himself on the screen.

His thumbs immediately began working so fast, they were moving in a blur, you know how it looks when a car is driving down the road and it looks like the hubcaps are spinning backwards, or when you move a pencil up and down giving the illusion that it is rubber, kind of like that, I knew they were moving with purpose, but I just couldn't make it out, it didn't look real.

Just about as quick as Cindy had handed him the phone she took it back, and asked "What are you doing Benjamin?" He smiled at her proudly and said "I'm playing a game Mimi" I didn't know games could be found and downloaded that fast by a three year old.

Cindy was angry after that, and I don't mean angry mad, I mean angry birds, because she and Benjamin were now tossing birds or whatever it is that you do to make those birds angry on her phone.

After this Tim (Our son, Benjamin's Dad) brought home a tablet in hopes of keeping Benjamin off of his phone, he downloaded games and set up an account for Benjamin to download games for himself, they were all free on the page Tim had loaded.

Tim told Benjamin if he wanted a different game to just touch the picture he liked, Benjamin was not reading yet and this was a teaching moment for Tim.

A few days later Tim started getting emails/alerts on his phone, telling him of transactions on his bank account, Tim was working at the time and had a hard time checking into this right away, on his lunch hour he called his wife Elisa to ask if she had been shopping, she was home with Benjamin and hadn't bought anything.

Tim thought his account had been hacked and was getting ready to have the bank delete his account and stop payment on the purchases.

To make a long story short, on Benjamin's tablet Tim had upgraded one of the games for a small fee, his credit card information was now stored on Benjamin's account, and Benjamin had watched the process. Benjamin had switched from the free page and was now upgrading all of his games.

In addition to upgrading his games, Benjamin was touching the pictures he liked and downloading new games for a nominal fee each. Tim had to go through and reverse all the upgrades that he could, and return the games as mistaken purchases, and remove his credit card information.

Not all the games were returnable, and Tim was stuck paying for a few upgrades and a couple of games that were not free.

For about fifteen bucks Tim learned a lesson about storing his credit card information on Benjamin's tablet, and also a lesson about telling a three year old to touch the things he liked.

Tim was now the owner of a new game called "Big Boobs Poker"

Do you have games on your phone?

40 comments:

  1. Good Heavens! Wow, just wow!
    No, I don't play games on my phone. (I don't have Benjamin)

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    1. I bet he could download a few for you ha ha.

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  2. Kids are smart and when they are small money is not a consideration. Bless his heart.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ☺

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    1. You are so right Sandee, and it is somewhat scary too.

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  3. My great-nephew (3 years old) has his own tablet and it's amazing how fast they learn new things on it. His parents are both teachers so any games he plays are educational. He knows his A,B,C's and can sound out words is starting to read. At Three!

    I have a smart phone but the only kinds of apps I've downloaded are weather alerts, Red Cross, meditation, maps, etc. I just can't see wearing out a phone and filling up memory with games. I do have a cheap gadget for playing monopoly, but that's all it does. It's pretty cool.

    "Big Boobs Poker?" I'm afraid to ask.... LOL

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    1. I was happy when they started providing more educational apps for Benjamin than just games, he has always been a quick learner.

      I was afraid to ask also, Tim did say that he wasn't happy having to pay for a game that he was forced to delete.

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  4. No, but I'm off now to Google "Big Boobs Poker."

    Funny story. I think Tim got off cheap learning this lesson.

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    1. Hey Joe, I'd be scared to Google it ha ha.

      Yes Tim got off cheap, I don't recall the original total but working it down to 15 bucks was lucky.

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  5. OMG that could have been a disaster. Actually, I was going to ask if I could borrow Benjamin but I guess I'll have to work it all out for myself. Actually, I don't do badly. I have an iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Kindle Fire, and two or three laptops (honest) most of which I understand - or at least the bits that make sense to an old lady. Every day I play Scrabble on the phone and/or iPad and there are other games too which I play every day. YES, I DO DO HOUSEWORK!

    I love the way youngsters adapt to technology, is it any wonder they grow up to be code breakers etc?

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    1. Hello Valerie, I agree that could have been a lot worse, Benjamin would most likely come over and wrap you around his little finger like has the rest of us, he is a charmer ha ha

      You definitely have more toys than I do, lately I have been using my Kindle fire for most thing, but still love my desktop..

      These kids now already know more than I ever will, both impressive and scary.

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  6. We just have an old fashioned 'flip phone' and yes, I believe there are a few games in its memory. I've never tried to play them because the screen is so small I wouldn't be able to see them properly. My grandies are forever asking their parents for their Iphones so they can play games......kids now a days need to go outside and play some REAL games instead of having their noses stuck in screens all the time. (I'm old, I'm entitled to rant a little.)

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    1. Hello Delores, I agree with you 100% kids do need to be outside more, technology is good but real life is better.

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  7. Bahahaha what a GREAT ending! Welp,he's a boy, so he obviously touched something that looked good! Hilarious!

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    1. Hey Bijoux, yep all boy ha ha, Daddy has to be careful what he tells him.

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  8. All I have is hangman which my nephews go crazy over. I think most mobile phone games are awful.

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    1. Hey Adam, I know the kids go nuts over them, I have only looked at a couple but wasn't sold.

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  9. Do I have games on my phone? Um, no... heck, I still have some with rotary dials. (No cell phone at all!)

    But I know what you mean about kids these days. I can hardly believe the things our grandchildren do electronically and how young they were when they started doing it.

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    1. Hello Susan, they do start really young, Benjamin was sending Cindy texts before he was ever talking, she would get a text from Tims phone with random letters and numbers and we knew Benjamin had Tims phone again. I'm sure he didn't know that he was actually texting but it worked out that way.

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  10. Yikes, that could have been much worse. Can you put a Maserati on your charge card?:) I only have a flip phone to use for road emergencies since I have no service here.

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    1. Hi Patti, I bet Tim was happy Benjamin was only at the app store and not a Maserati dealer ha ha.

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  11. Big Boobs poker? Sounds intriguing.

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    1. Yes Sir, I think that's the same thing he thought ha ha.

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  12. Heh, heh! I love that picture. He LOOKS like he might "accidentally" download Big Boobs Poker!

    No games on my phone. It's hard enough for me to use the Great Clips check-in app that my son downloaded for me.

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    1. Hello Val, he does look like someone who know what's going on doesn't he.

      I'm not familiar with any of the apps to tell you the truth, Great Clips app, I guess there is an app for everything.

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  13. Most phones these days come preloaded with a few games, even my old flip phone had some I could have played if I'd wanted to, and if I knew how to find them, but electronic games aren't my thing.I'm just too slow working them out, so then I feel stupid, which I don't like, so I don't play any games.

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    1. Good morning River, I believe you are right about some games being preloaded on the phones, I don't carry one myself, and as for playing them I'm with you by the time I figure what I should do I've already lost, so I don't play either.

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  14. I love, love, love this story! I only play cards and I do it on my Kindle Fire and my computer. With Tim in your life, you never have to hire a computer nerd to help you when your computer messes up.

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    1. Hi Inger, yes between Tim and Benjamin our computers stay in line ha ha

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  15. I am a real techno dinosaur, the grandchildren are amazing with computers and phones and if I get stuck they can always help me out.
    But yes you have to be very careful with settings etc.

    Enjoyed your post and story - thanks.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Hi Jan, Thank you, isn't it amazing what the grandchildren can do, my Benjamin knows more now at his age than I ever will, I am sure you see this in your grandchildren also.

      It is a pleasure to have you stop by, please come back anytime.

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  16. Credit card stored on a kid's tablet - never! Lesson learned for Tim, I'm sure.

    I was in the waiting area of a service station lat week. There was an "older" woman playing some game on her phone with all the noises blasting through the waiting area. I was tempted to show her how to turn the sounds off. I'm thinking one of her grandkids probably loaded the game for her :)

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    1. Hey Abby, yes I think Tim learned quickly this was not the thing to do.

      I always keep the volume off on my Kindle and computer both, only turn the speakers on when I really want to hear something, I imagine you are right that her grandkids downloaded a game she liked and the sounds just go along with it, most likely doesn't even know that you can mute it, I hear so many kids playing along with the sounds blaring...

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  17. Not sure where things are now...My son are 26 and 28 to me in school they were about 1.5 to 2 years of what I recall I was doing.
    They start some basic algebra in Kindergarden or basic concept of it...I had in I believe my freshman or sophomore year...It gave me such panic and I pretty much flunk it...Coffee is on

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    1. Hey Dora, I know these kids are learning subjects that we were taught in the beginning of high school at a much earlier age, kindergarten is a little early for this in my opinion, but I know they are teaching subjects like this.

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  18. Your grandson looks so cute in your picture. I have heard of similar stories. Kids are so smart and have brains like sponges. They don't seem to miss a thing. The only thing I have is scrabble on my iPad.

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    1. Thank you Denise, you are so right they don't miss anything, I think they are a lot smarter than we were at that age.

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  19. My 14 year old daughter became the tech guru in the family several years ago. Which is slightly funny since I have what was once decent training in computers and other electronic devices. Of course that was back when a 40 megabyte hard drive was impressive.

    As for games on my phone, I deleted them but I regularly watch YouTube on it.

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    1. I bet it is pretty impressive what your daughter does know about computers, and even with your training look at how much everything has changed, like you said a 40 meg hard drive was once a big thing, these kids now couldn't comprehend even using something that small.

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  20. HA! Big Boobs Poker! I know exactly what you mean. My grandson was (and still is the same way). I've never let him use my phone, or my computer. That doesn't phase him at all, because everybody else lets him use theirs. I do have a couple of games on my phone, but seldom use them.

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    1. Same here Pat, after Tims experience with Benjamin we keep our toys a little closer now ha ha.

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