Social gaming network Gaia Online has introduced a new payment system that allows minors to make purchases online under parental control.
According to Polygon, the Virtual Piggy “youth safe” payment system allows parents to set-up accounts and monthly allowances for their kids that can be used to exchange for Gaia Cash – the network’s in-game currency (100 points roughly equals $1). The site is pushing the new system by offering a rare in-game item to those that use Virtual Piggy for purchasing Gaia Cash.
The payment system acts in accordance with the Children's Online Privacy Protect Act, which requires websites to include privacy policies and specific restrictions on personal information for kids ages 13 and under.
"[Virtual Piggy is] the solution [we've] been waiting for,” said Gaia’s director of sales and business development.
Gaia's online community currently boasts more than 26m registered users amongst its online games, anime-style avatar creation, forums, and more. Users can battle friends online or play various casual games for free.