Classroom resources to teach students about creating strong passwords


Classroom Resource 1:

Digital Passport: 10-minute games

Digital Passport is our award-winning suite of games for students in grades 3-5 that address key issues they face in today’s digital world. Students can complete each game online and independently. they don’t need to download an app or register. If you have time to discuss these topics with your students, use the reflection questions in the Module Guides for each game, found in the Educator Guide.

  • Go to the https://www.digitalpassport.org/ website.
  • Select the Password Protect (Security) game.
  • Students learn how to create a safe and secure password

Resource: https://www.commonsense.org/education/articles/quick-digital-citizenship-activities-for-k-5-distance-learning

Classroom Resource 2:

Two classroom activities for teaching students about password security

Resource: https://usingtechnologybetter.com/two-classroom-activities-for-teaching-students-about-password-security/

Activity 1: How secure is this password?
Aim: To learn which password combinations are the hardest to guess or crack.

Steps:

1. Introduce the aim of the activity. Advise students that they should not share their own passwords at any time during the activity!
2. Ask the class to suggest passwords that they think people might commonly use (both combinations – e.g. ‘password’ and categories – e.g. pet names).
3. Compare their list against the most commonly used passwords in 2017.
4. Explain to the students why it is important not to use a common password (including types) by drawing on the background information
5. Time to put the common passwords to the test and see how long it would take them to be cracked! Launch https://howsecureismypassword.net OR https://www.experte.com/password-check, enter each password and see the result.
6. Begin to use increasingly complex passwords (length and variation of characters) and see how the time frame changes. In doing this, help the students work out which numbers and symbols are easily exchangeable for letters. For example:
chocolate
chocolatemilkshake
Ch0c0l@t3
Ch0c0l@t3M1lksh@k3!
7. Ask the students if, based on this activity, they think they should change some of their passwords? If yes, what strategies could they use to make them stronger?

Activity 2: Design the strongest passphrase
Aim: To learn how to design a strong password that is easy to remember.

Resources
Website: https://howsecureismypassword.net OR https://www.experte.com/password-check
Projector or smartboard to present to the class.
Paper & pens or a shared collaborative document/slide deck.

Option 1

Write a sentence that is easy to remember. This might be a line from a song or movie, a story about a place you have been, or any other phrase you can remember.

E.g. The cat is Milo and the dog is Otis

Take the first letter from each word to make your password (including capitalization).
E.g. TciMatdiO

Change the letters to numbers and symbols where possible.
E.g. Tc1M&td10

Can also add a symbol on the end for extra length and complexity.
E.g. Tc1M&td10!

Option 2

Put three or four totally random words together.
ToasterChocolatePetunia

Change the letters to numbers and symbols where appropriate.
T0ast3rCh0c0l@t3P3tun1@

Steps
1. Introduce the aim of the activity. Advise students that they should not share their own passwords at any time during the activity! They should also not use any of the passwords the class develops during the activity!
2. Explain to students the two ways to create a passphrase by working through examples.
3. Split the class into teams of two. Each team has a short amount of time to create a password based on a passphrase (adjust the time to suit the age of your students).
4. Two teams at a time write their password on the board / into a shared document. Ask each team to explain how they came up with the password.
5. Time to vote! For each pair of passwords, have the class vote on which is stronger and discuss their reasoning.
6. Use https://howsecureismypassword.net or https://www.experte.com/password-check to check if the voting was right!
7. Ask the students to spend time at home sharing the passphrase method with their families and designing some passphrases they can use for their own passwords (and then changing them!).

 

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