Written by Abril Cyril Rodriguez
Ang 8-anyos na bata mula sa Davao City ang hindi inakala na siya ay nakagastos na pala ng tinatayang P100,000 sa mobile games gamit ang debit card ng kaniyang mga magulang sa loob lamang ng dalawang araw.
Si Julmar, na ina ng bata at may-ari ng isang consultancy firm, ay ibinahagi sa kaniyang viral post noong Miyerkules na labis na lamang ang pagkagulat nilang mag-asawa matapos makita ang mga singil nang ma-track ng kaniyang finance team ang kanilang bank statement.
Ani Julmar sa panayam sa GMA News Online noong Huwebes,
“I was mad.”
Ayon kay Julmar, ang Google play app na nasa lumang cellphone ng kaniyang asawa, na naibigay na nila sa kanilang anak noong Pasko, ay naka-linked pa din sa kanilang card.
“They were only allowed 2 hours daily (max) of tech time and the allowed apps they can use were Super Book, Messenger for Kids and War Robots.”
Dagdag pa niya,
“Later, I found out that I think the purchases were still in the War Robots but there were also other games I think he downloaded that were suggested or promoted within the War Robots.”
Sinabi ni Julmar na hilig talaga ng kaniyang anak ang mga mobile games at nais maging robotics teacher sa hinaharap.
“He explained that he needed to have gems to upgrade his robots and new hangers for his robots. He thought those options were all free so he went for it.”
Ayon pa kay Julmar, nakatanggap din ang kanilang anak ng sermon mula sa kanila dahil nagdo-download ito ng mga mobile games na walang natatanggap na permission mula sa kaniya.
Saad ni Julmar,
“He was very sorry (and was too cute with those irresistible eyes). We explained that they are worth more than all the money in the world but following rules is also a good life skill to abide.”
Dagdag pa niya,
“[Does] finding out that the purchase is P100k [change] our feelings for our kids? Nope. Again, we know how our kids and our parenting more than anyone else. This is a complete mistake (he thought all the downloads are free). We trust them and they are responding to discipline with the fear of God in their hearts.”
“We moved on as a family after the incident. We are just surprised now how this learning moment as a family interests others as well.”
Para maiwasan na maulit ang nangyari, sinabi ni Julmar na nagdagdag na sila ng parental controls at passwords para kung mayroong bibilhin ang kaniyang anak. Naghain na din sila ng refund ngunit hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa nababalik ang kanilang pera sa kanilang account.