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Child spends £87.98 on 'pay to play' game in 15 minutes

As an experiment, Daybreak asked four children to play games that were free to download but each child was given the password to buy extras.

Harry managed to spend £87.98 on the game in just 15 minutes - and he did not realise he had spent any at all.

Harry did not realise he had spent any money on the game. Credit: ITV/Daybreak

When asked Harry said, "I didn't spend any I don't think."

The makers of Smurfs' Village, the game the children played, said once they became aware of the problem they made changes to the game, including limiting the number of possible transactions.

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