7 year old buys $113,515 fighter plane

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In a (not at all) surprising display of child logic, a seven year old boy has decided that he needs a fighter aircraft and he needs it now!
 
According to a report on Fox Chicago News, a British seven year old boy was using the family computer and apparently browsing eBay. When he saw the photograph of the Harrier Jump Jet T-Bird Aircraft XW269 and the very tempting “Buy It Now” button, he just couldn’t resist temptation. He clicked the button.
 
The boy’s father had to quickly contact the seller of the refurbished aircraft to explain that there simply weren’t enough cars in the neighbourhood to wash, to scrape together the £69,999 necessary to make the purchase and besides, Christmas is only just over!
 
It’s a funny story, but there’s a serious lesson to be learned. If you are letting your children use the family computer, it is always a good idea to set them up with their own user profile so they can’t spend mummy and daddy’s money and so you can configure that profile in a way that is appropriate for their age, for example not allow them to install programs.
 
 It is also a matter for debate whether a seven year-old needs access to eBay at all. This is where parental controls can help out, filtering web sites by category and blocking inappropriate  access. My own seven-year old son (no, it wsn’t him, honest!) uses a shared computer and I’ve promised him, as soon as he gets a job, I’ll remove the filters. That way he can save up for his own fighter plane.
 
If you’re looking for further advice, Trend Micro have some great General Internet Safety Tips for Families and our online library of internet safety documents here.
 

9 thoughts on “7 year old buys $113,515 fighter plane

  1. Christine

    Messing their pants? John, you clearly do NOT have children. At age 7 they are reading 200-300 page books and creating power point presentations in 1st or 2nd grade.
    They use a computer as “a toy AND as a communication/knowledge base enhancement tool” because thats what its for. They don’t have to “earn” homework or “earn” the right to go to school. Why should they have to “earn” computer time. Kids today are so much more advanced than we ever were as kids because they have computers.

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  2. bclomptwihm

    The bigger question here is why can one buy an apparently working Harrier on ebay. I’m sure some terrorist types woldn’t mind having one…

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  3. John

    Children should have to earn computer privileges, rather than taking them over at age 7. Who is in charge? The kids, or the parents?
    Is a computer a toy, or a communication/knowledge base enhancement tool? Is the use something they should earn, or is it an electronic cookie jar to indulge a child and be an e-baby sitter? Too many toys…sooo little time, it seems. Seven year olds are still messing their pants, what are they doing on a computer anyway?

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