“Fashion is my passion, and I could make you look awesome. Can I give you a makeover?”
“Check out this site! If you log in, you get free sapphires! It works!”
“I have a Google Play gift card and it’s about to expire! I would like to buy you Momio Plus!”
“To show that we’re really friends, we need to tell each other a secret. You start! What is your password?”
What is common for all these seemingly random messages?
That’s right – they are all clever ways of trying to trick someone into giving their password. If it took you a moment to realize what was going on, imagine how difficult it is to a child.
Over and over again we tell kids that they should never tell their password to anyone. Honestly, it feels like we’re nagging, like we’re grumpy old folks wagging our walking sticks at kids. But the thing is that we have to. Many kids have a hard time understanding how important it is, and how important it gets when they grow up and have bank accounts, work emails and other password-protected entities that contain their data. Our aim is to instill this protective behaviour from a young age.
It’s easy enough to understand that you shouldn’t give your password to a stranger.
But if the stranger promises something nice, it gets tempting. We get it. It’s the classic “too good to be true, but what if it is true” dilemma, and it’s even difficult for many adults to resist.
However, the rule is easy: If it involves giving your password, it’s never worth it.
Only bad examples
Nothing good ever comes out of giving out your password.
Telling it to a sibling is a bad idea – just ask the girl whose wardrobe was filled with sandals – and revealing it to a best friend is even worse. Fights happen, and nothing sucks more than a small fight escalating into damage done on the other person’s account and parents spending hours finding out what happened.
Telling it to a stranger – yeah, you guessed it – bad idea. They might do some real harm by writing awful messages to friends or by posting inappropriate pictures, or by deleting everything you have.
Our challenge to you, parents: Bring up this topic over the next family dinner. Because no matter how smart your child is, an offer might come that is just too tempting. And trust us, you don’t want to have to deal with the sorrow that losing an account brings.
Easy to remember
And a small list of to-dos when it comes to giving your password: