Oh technology! This has become this double edge sword of our lives. As parents, we have a seemingly love/hate relationship with it because it can be invaluable for so many components of our lives (ahem: getting chores done, YouTube, checking in with homework, etc). But sometimes, technology fails us. How many times have you felt like your kids were completely obsessed and unable to disconnect? Or the alarm you set didn't actually go off at the right time? It happens to the best of us. One of the scariest technology fails ever is when our kids, "by accident," buy things online with our credit cards. This just happened to Mariah Carey - to the tune of $5,000.
Yup, parent's worst nightmare came true for our favorite diva. Even though she totally has the money to pay for her kiddos' blunder, it doesn't make it any less scary - because it could happen to all of us.
On Wednesday, Carey appeared on one of our favorite shows, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and opened up about the experience in question. She explained that her 7-year-old son, Moroccan — whom she shares with her ex-husband, Nick Cannon — once spent thousands of dollars on Amazon. E! Online first reported her son's shopping spree and said that, "I have to control them with the iPads," she told host Jimmy Kimmel. "Otherwise, literally, he charged $5,000 on something [on] Amazon." Yes, we can relate.
What did Moroccan buy? The Grammy winner proceeded to share that, "Last night, apparently, he was with Nick and he ordered a dog." Gasp.
She went on to share that she wasn't on parental duty when the dog ordering happened, as Nick Cannon was in charge, but the dog has since been canceled. Her son loves gadgets though and she explained that he's a "technological genius" and knows how to use all of their devices with ease.
We can't even imagine how our stomach would know if we opened up our online banking app to see $5,000 had gone missing and that something was on the way to our door from Amazon. We're sure though that similar instances have occurred for families all over the world, just on a smaller scale.
We really need to figure out a way to outsmart these kids and we're hoping that after this crazy experience, Mariah Carey has figured out a way to enable two-factor authentication or at least enable a stronger password so that her son doesn't make any more purchases.