Gates’ kid gets rich

Even Bill Gates can’t protect his child from Internet scams, writes Scott Mace. From a Gates speech:

Another good story about that is just this weekend my wife and I were sleeping in a little bit. Our 7-year old came in and woke us up and said, “You’ve got to come, you’ve got to come.” And we said, “No, no, no, it’s still 7 o’clock, why don’t you go back and keep doing what you were doing?” And she said, “Well, I was using the computer and it’s amazing.” And I said, “Well, keep using it.” (Laughter.) And she said, “No, no, no, we won, we won money, dad.” (Laughter.) And I didn’t want to say something flip, like, “Hey, we don’t need more money.” (Laughter, applause.) So I got up and, of course, it was one of those come-on type things, and there’s my 7-year old who thinks she’s won some amazing contest, and I’m trying to explain to her about it’s just somebody trying to get her to go to that website and all that.

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  1. Bill Gates lets his seven-year old daughter surf the web without supervision? Isn’t he supposed to be really smart?

  2. This is funny. My mother fell for the same thing.

  3. Walter Wallis says:

    I am anxious for his E-Mail caller ID.

  4. PJ/Maryland says:

    Cris, I too wonder about Gates letting his 7 year old wander the Web unsupervised. But his story is particularly about email, so maybe she has some sort of kid-safe web access that includes her email. (And her email doesn’t have a good spam filter!)