Teaching students about using strong passwords

The importance of a secure password can be the difference in a hacker taking 5 minutes to crack a password or days and even months. When teaching children about cyber security it’s important to make the information engaging and relative to them. Many children don’t do online banking or shopping so talking to them about credit card scams may go a little over their heads. However, discussing their online gaming activities and the possibility of someone hacking into and causing disruption to their gaming activities may pique their attention more.

Cyber security needs to be introduced in the early years when this technology is being used within the classroom to build awareness of the potential dangers of this technology.

This resource found at: https://814.5c1.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/ebook-princess-password.pdf
is a story for the younger primary years to introduce students to the importance of using a strong password. It is accompanied by these worksheets: https://www.missingkids.org/content/dam/netsmartz/downloadable/ebooks/ebook-guide-princess-password.pdf to encourage further discussions.

Once students have gained the concept of a strong password, teachers can use engaging songs to help them remember what they have learnt. This video by Net Smartz Kidz is called the “Password Rap” : https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=the+password+rap&docid=608016942098874526&mid=E01C472916D29723B2A5E01C472916D29723B2A5&view=detail&FORM=VIRE

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