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SV: [school-discuss] Passwords for kids?


a password must be easy to remember, but difficult to guess. I have taught
the kids in my school two strategies they can use, if they want to. The
first is to combine two words that normally are not combined, like
"apple+fish=applefish". Many of the kids have made quite amusing passwords
in that way. The second is to take the first letter in the first words of a
song they like and combine them into a word, like "Old Mac Donald Had A

One of the kids, who had some difficulties with spelling, used a part of the
text on a sign in his classroom as password. That functioned nicely ;-)

Rune Garmann ( runemann@c2i.net )

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Sendt: 16. mai 2004 03:09
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Emne: [school-discuss] Passwords for kids?

Sort of an oddball question, but...

I'm working in a youth center with a ten-system computer lab, 80+ kids
using it so far, Samba domain.

Kids are anywhere from 6 to 18.

_Most_ of them can deal with passwords.  A few can't spell their own
names (and most of 'em could use better typing skillz -- not to mention
a far more discriminating taste in music....).

But for a fair number of 'em, particulary the younger set, and a few
others with learning disabilities, remembering passwords seems to be
beyond the possible.  Anyone have experience with setting up accounts
for kids?

Primary login is WinXP.  Even here, the three-field login (username,
pass, logon target (workstation/domain) is confusing.


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