A Swedish bank has apologised for punting porn to wide-eyed schoolkids in a magazine sent out to over half a million 9 to 12-year-olds. Swedbank's Lyckoslanten ("Lucky Penny") is described as a “fun magazine about money", but an article in the latest issue listing the top ten most expensive domain names offered extra fun when it …
Isn't the truth a bitch...
What do you expect of "the only value in the world is money (in absolute numbers) and we judge everything by that standard" bankers?
Oh come on!
Not fair to criticise. How could you possibly write anything factual about the Internet and not include at least one pr0n link?
Just out of interest, how far up the list was sex.com?
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Let's face it, if you're going to screw up, might as well do it big-time and let some of us have a good laugh.
Kids have it easy these days...
Beats the Littlewoods catalogue, which was all most of us over 30 years olds had when we were growing up. Well, until the German television channels and soft-core 5 minute freeview in the analogue Sky TV days.
Paris, because she wouldn't know about webcams recording smut.
I assume that the provision of Pr0n to youngsters is illegal as it in the UK.
Therefore, this could be a criminal act not matter what the intention. Does anyone know if "I didn't intend to..." is a valid legal defence.
Or is it because they are a bank that no further action is being taken (and their directors are probably best mates of people in government).
Ah well..... perhaps the RBS will follow this trend to divert its customers from the HP/EDS fiasco!
No hyperlink to it!
Think of the children...
These children are young and impressionable, school is a time for them to develop their ideas and plans for possible future careers. They need to know what kinds of abilities and experience are going to be marketable when they will start looking for a job, and what kinds of services will be wanted so they can start to develop their skills in the right directions. The real world is not always neat and clean, situations can be messy and even uncomfortable. They should be made aware of this, not kept in the dark.
This article gives them a good grounding on relative values of domain names and a good foundation knowledge of the kinds of internet services that sell well now and are likely to be desired in the future. I think the magazine should be commended for it's forthrightness, in the best spirit of Scandinavian honesty and openness.
What a wunch
Title says it all.
This list is for sites sold in 2009 only - if all years are considered then Porn.com is the second most expensive ever at $9.5 million and Fund.com the most for $9.99 million.
Personally I don't see what the magazine did wrong - they didn't screw up and accidentally put in a porn link as it was simply a fact it was sold for that much this year.
Regardless of whether it was a mistake, all there is at webcam.com is some pics which show tits and a bit of textual reference to sex acts, hardly anything that's going to scar anyone mentally - my philosophy is 49% of people in the world have tits and 51% don't have them but don't mind seeing them, so where is the harm.
It's pretty softcore actually. It looks like the majority of performers don't even get the boobs out. I would have thought (perhaps completely wrongly) that Swedes would be little more tolerant of this kind of thing. And given that the domain name ISN'T overtly naughty, I bet most young readers didn't even bother to check it out.
Aren't you forgetting
the overweight guys whose tits are bigger than many of the fairer sex?
Expect advice, too, on bolting the stable door after Swedbank's article on "freeing the horses" in the next issue!
Someone once said something along the lines of...
If you can't take f**king responsibility for f**king supervising your children on the f**king internet, I suggest you stop f**king.
(paraphrased, Kayla on alt.fan.pratchett).
Do kids in Sweden read financial rags, really? That's messed up...
Well that was helpful!
I mean, I'd never heard of webcam.com ... er, wait, did I say that? What I *mean* is, nice that they'd help parents with blocking stuff like that, it should be strictly for the parents of the house, and the pool guy, after all ....