News on Toast: Parents not appy about adult content for kids
Aussie tourists told to stay home as a fresh terror plot is uncovered in Bali, children’s apps outrage parents with R-rated ads and a new sexual harassment claim raises questions about flirting in the workplace: The morning’s hot topics in bite-sized pieces just right for dunking.
Terror plot in paradise foiled
Australian tourists planning trips to Bali have been urged to reconsider after it was revealed yesterday five terrorists killed by Indonesian police had been planning to bomb a popular tourist spot on Thursday night.
Police had been following the men for a month before launching their raid on Sunday, in which all suspects were shot. It has since been revealed that the terror cell was planning a bomb attack on the La Vida Loca bar in Seminyak, just north of Kuta beach. The Australian today reports the terrorists had “surveyed” the area extensively and “drawn diagrams” of the bar.
At this point it’s unclear whether any other members of the terror cell are still at large, but The Australian reports security on the island has been tightened.
More than 5000 Australians are holidaying in Bali with another 2000 due to arrive in coming weeks.
>> Would you change your travel plans, or chance it? Does this news make you reconsider Bali as a future holiday destination?
Hey kids, do you want porn with that?
Next time you go to download one of those fun, free kids’ apps on your tablet or smartphone for your little one to play with – you might want to spend some time playing it yourself first. The Daily reports today that many free apps aimed at children feature advertisements for porn, guns, gambling and scientology.
Android app Kids Match ‘Em has attracted furious Amazon reviews for interspersing a memory game with r-rated advertisements picturing scantily dressed women, while Nursery TV for iPhone made headlines in Austria after it was found to be advertising scientology in between its nursery rhymes.
With online and in-app advertising largely unregulated, and many app designers unaware of or indifferent to the problem, the only option for parents is to download an app that filters inappropriate ads or pay for ad-free versions of children’s apps.
>> Have you ever downloaded a free app for your kids? Did you think to check it for R-rated content? How do you regulate what your kids do online?
Sexual harassment or “light hearted” fun?
Here’s a question: What do you consider “light hearted banter” in the workplace? Joking about last night’s episode of My Kitchen Rules, maybe? Asking a workmate round to your place for a BBQ on the weekend, perhaps?
What about asking them to go on a “dirty weekend”? Or referencing that same person in front of other staff by saying “I think we were married in a past life, I bet the sex was hot” ?
Sydney woman Rebecca Richardson alleges both of those things were said to her by colleague Randol Tucker when she worked at software company Oracle, the Daily Telegraph reports. She’s now suing the company in the Federal Court because, the court was told, when she complained about Mr Tucker’s behaviour and requested to no longer work with him, he stayed in the same job while she was “demoted” into a lesser role.
Mr Tucker’s lawyer Anna Perigo claimed in court the incidents were nothing more than “light hearted banter” between workmates.
For legal reasons we can’t comment on this particular ongoing case, but it does raise an interesting topic – how far is too far when it comes to office banter?
>> Are you careful what you say in the office? Do you think flirting in the workplace is ever appropriate? How far is too far?
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