12-Year-Old Charges $1400 on Mom's Credit Card For FarmVille

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FarmVille can provide hours of online fun, but one 12-year-old boy's obsession with the game caused him to rack up $1400 worth of charges on his mom's credit card for FarmVille farm cash.

According to Mashable, a portion of the purchases were made with the U.K. boy's own savings, but the rest was charged to his mom's card without her permission. The debt accumulated over the course of two weeks while playing the Facebook game that allows users to spend real money on virtual cash and items.

Neither Zynga, the maker of the game, nor the mother's credit card company, HSBC, are willing to refund the charges. "Facebook and [game creator] Zynga will not refund anything as [the son] lives in my house," says the mom, who wishes to remain anonymous. "Facebook has disabled his account and Zynga has unhelpfully suggested I use password protection on computers in the future."
The only way the credit card company will consider refunding the money is if she brings her son up on criminal charges, but that is not something she is willing to do. What do you think? Should there be tighter restrictions on games like FarmVille? Or should parents keep a better eye on what their kids are doing? %Poll-44418%

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