When the child in your life asks to play with your phone, most people don’t give it a second thought to open up the best kids app and give them a few minutes of screen time.
But one California mom is warning other parents that their kids may be a bit more tech-savvy than they think.
According to NBC 7, mom of two Isabella McNeil has been browsing different places online looking for a new couch. The last thing she did on her phone before handing it over to her 2-year-old daughter was browse Amazon for a potential sofa.
It was when McNeil’s daughter, Rayna, said, “Mama, phone. Mama, phone,” that things went a little awry without McNeil even knowing. McNeil told NBC 7:
“I was just so shocked. I thought, ‘Did I buy a couch in my sleep?'”
As it turns out, while Rayna was playing with her mom’s phone she opened up the Amazon app and purchased one of the couches McNeil had been looking at when she clicked the “Buy Now With 1-Click” button.
McNeil remained in the dark over her daughter’s $430 purchase for days.
It wasn’t until McNeil received an email saying her “tufted, grey couch” had shipped that she realized what had happened:
“I said, ‘What? My couch has shipped? I didn’t remember ordering a couch.'”
But as NBC7 reports, the mom of two eventually figured out what happened and now she much more cautious about handing over her phone to her toddler:
“Lesson learned. Now I know it’s really dangerous and [I need] to make sure the Amazon app is closed before my daughter takes the phone. It’s just so easy.”
McNeil doesn’t plan to keep the couch and hopes to sell it to someone for close to the same price her daughter bought it for.
Now she’s sharing her daughter’s story so that others can learn from her mistakes:
“Make sure all of the apps are closed, make sure your passwords are fingerprint-locked, make sure they don’t know your number password because kids are a lot smarter than we think.”
McNeil joked that her daughter has an expensive taste because she would never have paid $430 for a couch.