To think this is the world gone mad??

(18 Posts)
PenguinBear Sat 16-Mar-13 11:39:44

Dp works in an office. He has a computer on his desk ( exclusively for his use) and in his office. He got a telling off from his regional manager for having a picture of us a family on the beach as his screensaver. He apparently said it wasn't appropriate as people may get the 'wrong idea' about him as the children are wearing swimsuits. angry
They're his children and we're in it too, it's not some random picture of a child in a swim suit from the Internet. hmm

AIBU to think this is a world gone mad? He checked their policies and there is no mention of appropriate screen savers.

His screen isn't even in view when he has meetings so it's not even as if anyone would see it to get the wrong idea in the first place.

minkembra Sat 16-Mar-13 11:47:30

Yanbu. swim suits ffs. does this person also think swimming pools should be closed?

Emilythornesbff Sat 16-Mar-13 11:48:26

Well, the world HAS gone mad though.
As an aside; where I work all our wallpaper is reset by the "mother ship" so any personalising is eradicated every time you switch on.
People be crazy.

wimblehorse Sat 16-Mar-13 11:48:50

YABU it's not the world gone mad, just dp's regional manager. He IBU

YANBU.
The world HAS gone mad sadangry

If it is any consolation, I have a picture of my children in their swimsuits on my computer - no adult in sight grin. They are sticking their tongues out too. So there.
[sticks tongue out to rabid PCness and to PaedoParanoia]

Your DP's regional manager is a tit. The world's not QUITE that mad yet!

ReluctantBeing Sat 16-Mar-13 11:52:05

That's crazy.

Emily, oh yes, we have a 'mothership' too - the default wall paper advertises an event from October 2011 hmm. I keep resetting mine <<stubborn>>

Nancy66 Sat 16-Mar-13 11:54:18

It IS stupid...although considering some of the more hysterical posts on MN it doesn't really surprise me

Euphemia Sat 16-Mar-13 11:57:24

Bonkers.

CloudsAndTrees Sat 16-Mar-13 12:00:28

YANBU, but the world has gone mad, so the manager is just being extra careful. I'm sure there's another nice family picture somewhere that your DP could use.

There's also the very tiny possibility that the manager knows that someone in the office isn't as pure minded as the majority, and so is doing it for that reason. People who look at child pornography do sometimes have jobs in offices.

Floggingmolly Sat 16-Mar-13 12:16:59

There's nothing remotely pornographic about kids in swimsuits, cloudsandtrees, and the manager specifically said people might get the wrong idea about op's dh - they're HIS own children hmm

HollyBerryBush Sat 16-Mar-13 12:26:48

Many moons ago when I worked uptown, my colleague had an avatar type thing of a dancing baby. Asked to remove it on account of all the 'infertile people' who may be wandering around, offended.

catgirl1976 Sat 16-Mar-13 12:30:07

Your DPs regional manager is a loon.

Startail Sat 16-Mar-13 12:40:14

Quite bonkers,
DD1 is 15 and the youngest member of an adult outdoor activity club.
DH ends up going to chaperone.

She's ever with one person on their own, no opportunities for grooming and she's not exactly naive.

We want teens to be fit and active, but the rules are ridiculous, we are treating them like 7 year olds who don't know the facts of life.

PenguinBear Sat 16-Mar-13 13:43:23

I am glad it is not just me that thinks its bonkers!

PuppyMonkey Sat 16-Mar-13 13:48:08

grin at clouds about the others in office not being as pure minded... That makes it all right then....

Not totally - a former colleague had a picture of his wife in a bikini as a screensaver, fine for his own use, but then he took the laptop along to make a presentation to some important Japanese clients, paused to take questions and a picture of a woman in a bikini came up on the projector screen, he got a major bollocking.

I use my laptop for client presentations occasionally and never put up family photos as the wallpaper etc, just doesn't look professional.

If it is completely for his use only then I don't see the problem though.

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