Parents gain new one-stop category, but in-app purchases still lurk
Apple has run into some trouble with programs that include in-app purchases (IAPs) aimed at youngsters, though it has taken a number of steps to reduce or warn parents that apps they may purchase contain IAPs. The practice is widely seen by parents as unsavory, particularly if games are completely or nearly impossible to complete without the boost that IAPs provide.
None of the games featured in "Games for Kids 5 & Under" offer in-app purchases, and very few of the featured games for ages 6-8 do either. Nevertheless, parents who have let their children have access to their iTunes password should be on guard that IAPs are offered commonly in games for kids ages 9-11, as well as in games aimed at general audiences of 12 and higher.
Within the Games for Kids sub-section are both new and familiar titles with names such as Lego, Thomas & Friends, Monkey Preschool, and Disney's Club Penguin. Other sub-sections in the Kids category include "Popular," "Interactive Kids Stories," and "Learning Made Fun."