Swedish bankers punt webcam smut to kiddies
'Very unfortunate' magazine link to hard-core strumpetry
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 ranked the $1m webcam.com at number five.
Swedbank spokeswoman Anna Sundblad described the gaffe as "very unfortunate" - a fair description given that webcam.com is heavy on live hard-core strumpetry and light on sound financial advice.
She added: “To all of the upset parents, we can only say we are really sorry about what happened.”
To make amends, Swedbank has now published "information about how parents can block their computers from accessing pornographic websites", The Local notes. ®
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.
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.
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?