Secure Your Secrets

There are two main ideas about passwords.  Most everyone agrees on the big pieces.  Avoid personal information.  Use uppercase, lowercase, symbols, and numbers.

Google suggests replacing letters with characters (saying repl@ce instead of replace).  I think that is a terrible idea. It just makes it harder to remember, and a computer will not have any problem making those substitutions.  XKCD has a great explanation.

Having said that, it is important to talk about passwords throughout the year. Students will most likely be starting new accounts throughout the year, so a one and done solution will not help your students.

As always, Be Internet Awesome has wonderful resources.

Five Minutes of Dig Cit:

Take five minutes and talk about why strong passwords are important. Be Internet Awesome has talking points. Walk through creating a password with your students. Talk to them out loud about what you would and would not pick

Don’t Fall For Fakes

Don't Fall For Fakes

Google came up with “The Code of Internet Awesome” which includes . . .

  • Share With Care
  • Don’t Fall For Fakes
  • Keep it Safe
  • It’s Cool to be Kind


Five Minutes of Dig Cit:

” Last week you created a “Share with Care’ list.  This week is about ‘Don’t Fall for Fakes”, which means fake people.  Talk to your students about (the list below is from the Code of Internet Awesome page.)

  • If statements about “winning” or getting something for “free” feel too good to be true, they most likely are.
  • Fair exchanges shouldn’t involve giving away any personal information.
  • Always think critically before acting online and learn to trust your intuition. Be on guard for phishing attempts—efforts to steal information like login or account details by pretending to be a trusted contact in an email, text, or other online communication.