OLPC Offers One (Naughty) Look Per Child

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If you gave the kids in your home a computer and turned your back, what kind of sites do you think they'd first visit?

Sure, some might take a glance at video games or last night's baseball score, but plenty of teens are simply salivating at the chance to look up nudies on the web. Let's not beat around the bush here (pun somewhat intended), young males crave that kind of thing.

Maybe that's why no one should be surprised that Nigerian children, benefactors of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program, have been found taking peeks at the web's sultry sites. OLPC, which seeks to provide extremely affordable notebook computers to the Third World classroom, probably shouldn't be too shocked by a quickly spreading Reuters report on the story.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, or NAN, "Efforts to promote learning with laptops in a primary school in Abuja have gone awry as the pupils freely browse adult sites with explicit sexual materials". In response, Nigerian officials plans to equip the budget computers with filtering software that should prevent naughty browsing. (Source: reuters.com)

On a positive note...

The OLPC program appears to be headed into high gear with the recent announcement that mass production of the prototype XO laptop has started. The cost of each individual unit currently stands at $176, although plans are to officially reduce this to a round $100 by next year. By October, three million OLPC machines will be doled out to students in destitute countries, such as Cambodia, Costa Rica, Rwanda, and even naughty Nigeria. (Source: pcworld.com)

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