Tip 3: Strong Passwords

TIP 3: Help your children create strong passwords that are difficult to crack and change them regularly

As with your own personal passwords, teach your children that having a combination of letters, numbers and punctuation marks are the best type of passwords to use. Go through some examples with them and help them to create a password that will be fairly easy for them to remember, but still difficult to crack.–For example: a child whose name is Jack and whose favourite colour is red can be something like J@ckRed1.

Discuss with your child the dangers of sharing personal passwords or accounts with their friends and encourage them to ensure that these are protected. Remember, your password is your online digital signature and it is important that no member of your family shares or reveals this.

Discuss how comfortable all members of the family are for parents to have access to their children’s passwords and set expectations for what level of access parents will have to their children’s accounts.

Conversation starters to help you discuss this with your children:

  • What advice would you give me about creating a password?
  • Does your password contain any personal information like your full name or your date of birth?
  • What could you do to make your password more secure?
  • Why wouldn’t it be a good idea to share your passwords with your friends even if they are your best friend?