Twelve-year-old runs up £900 debt in Farmville


The headline really tells you everything you need to know about this story, but we'll bet that these carefully selected quotes from the child's mother (who wisely chose to remain anonymous when speaking for this Guardian article) will probably make you feel better about your parenting skills -- even if you aren't a parent!

* "The first use of my card was on 14 March. I discovered it on the 29th and the card was stopped at that point"

* "Facebook has disabled his account and Zynga has unhelpfully suggested I use password protection on computers in the future."

* "Obviously the idea of a stupid farm simulation jeopardising his future earnings is not something that I want to consider"

* "When I asked him why he did it he said that they had brought out 'good stuff that I wanted'"

* "We sound terribly technologically unaware don't we?"

£900 is roughly $1,372.