Warning as children get Moneycard
Published 31/01/2012 | 05:00
PARENTS have questioned the move to allow children as young as 13 access to a prepaid, electronic, money card.
Telephone operator O2 has changed the rules to make its popular Moneycard available to those between the ages of 13 and 17.
Previously, only over-18s could sign up for the card, and most other pre-paid cards are restricted to this age group.
The National Parents Council for post-primary school students said there was a risk young teenagers would use the O2 card to buy alcohol online.
Council member Jackie O'Callaghan said the age limit for the card should be raised to at least 16.
With a pre-paid card, you load it up with money in advance. It works like a debit card as you can make purchases online or on the telephone, but you can only spend what you have loaded on to the card.
Yesterday, O2 denied it was acting irresponsibly.
"The card comes with parental controls and merchant restrictions, which prevent the cardholder from purchasing goods in certain over-18 outlets and websites as categorised by Visa," it said.