Passwords are an important aspect of using digital systems and are designed to restrict access to personal files and information. Find out what students know about passwords, including what they are, who uses them, why they are used, why they are kept secret and what a strong password is. Revisit classroom rules about how to behave online in a safe and acceptable manner. Explore instances of cyberbullying and discuss strategies to deal with these situations. Explore how pop-up files might harm a computer. Provide opportunities for students to share ideas in an online space using a suitable classroom context.
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Passwords are an important part of using digital systems. They are designed to restrict access to personal files and information. Knowing the username and password authorises the user to access specific information that is intended for their own use.
Students need passwords at a young age, especially when they are interacting online.
At this level it is important for students to understand the concept of password strength. When creating a password, they should not include information that people might know about them, such as their name or their pet’s name. The password shouldn’t be a simple number sequence, such as 12345.
Students also need to know that passwords must not be shared.
Cyberbullying at this level is most likely minimal; however, it is worthwhile to discuss bullying.
It is suggested that students be made aware of how inappropriate it is to bully online, as well as how to recognise cyberbullying.
Discuss simple strategies for dealing with cyberbullying, including telling a trusted adult.
An underlying principle in acceptable online behaviour is respecting the feelings of others.
As students learn about digital systems, they need to understand the potential dangers of using the internet.
Raise the topic of computer viruses with students, and talk about how viruses can harm a computer.
Discuss how downloading a file to the computer is a potential risk if the file is not from a trusted source. Viruses can be hidden in downloadable files.
Online spaces are valuable for their ability to encourage and enable collaboration.
Collaborating online requires that people understand online etiquette and are able to effectively and respectfully navigate the environment.