With the age of online shopping, if you’re a parent, you probably keep your credit card well protected from your children. Now, Google Play will allow children to ask their parents for app purchases.
If your household doesn’t have a payment method set up, child accounts now have the option to ask their parent to approve or reject Play Store purchases. Your kids can send you an “approval request” to buy them paid apps or in-app purchases in games. If you approve a request, Google will ask you to pay for the item using your payment method, which won’t be shared with any other family members. And once you pay for it, it’s immediately available in your child’s Google account.
This gives you a way to purchase digital items without adding your credit/debit card to your child’s account or sharing it as a family payment method. By using this, you will be able to keep your payment method to yourself while you continue to purchase the occasional game or in-game item.
Google has a new support page that outlines the setup process. You will need to be set up as an administrator in a family group before proceeding.