Passwords Planning by Phil Bagge @baggiepr

Learning Objectives

Lesson Plan 30 mins discussion in a circle time format

1. Understand why we don’t share passwords

Explain to pupils that you are going to find out what they think about some real life situations involving technology.

Don’t share the LO with pupils as they will then parrot messages they have heard without thinking for themselves.

Allow pupils time to express an opinion in circle time before explaining the situation.


1. Your older brother says that his e-mail (Hotmail/Yahoo/Gmail) is playing up and he needs to send an urgent message to his friend can he log on as you and use your account? What do you do?

2. You are round your best friend’s house and they explain that their dad won’t let them have a Moshi Monster Account as they can’t afford it. They ask that you share the account and provide them with username and password.

3. Your teacher says they need to logon to your home e-mail account to check if you are receiving e-mails from school. Do you give them the details?

4. You spot your Mums apple id account when she is installing a new app. What do you do?

5. Can you think of any situation where it would be ok to tell someone your password?

Related Technologies




instant messaging (MSN/Google Talk)

Moshi Monsters

Club Penquin


Network Logons

Despite the fact that we teach children not to disclose their passwords, many still do and this can lead to a lot of suffering.

Situation 1 You could logon for the older brother, which will allow them to send the e-mail but don’t leave them alone on your account as they could change the password or in some cases send unwanted e-mails to your friends. Generally never share passwords with anyone except for your parents. Most accounts are not designed to be shared, the account agreement is with you and you are responsible for anything done on the account.

Situation 2 Take the increasingly common case of the child who shared her MSN Messenger password with her best friend. Six months on, they fell out and ended up as worst enemies. The ex-friend then logged on as her and sent nasty messages to all her contacts. Many of whom then broke contact with her, initiating a period of depression as her social circle dwindled to a small percentage of its original size.

Situation 3 Although teachers are trustworthy I would only share home account passwords with your parents and school accounts with your parents and teachers.

Question 4 It is always polite to tell someone is you have spotted their password by accident it also takes away the temptation to install something you desperately want later on.

Question 5 The police Great site for kids to explore communication issues

Letter to send home to parents after running this session with your class