ERIC Number: EJ1023041
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
Implications of What Children Know about Computer Passwords
Coggins, Porter E.
Computers in the Schools, v30 n3 p282-293 2013
The purpose of this article is to present several implications and recommendations regarding what elementary school children, aged 9-12 years, know about computer passwords and what they know about why computer passwords are important. Student knowledge can then be used to make relevant curriculum decisions based in conjunction with applicable state and national standards. Weak computer password construction, use, and knowledge have been identified as areas of high risk for data security. By identifying what children know about passwords, an appropriate curriculum can be designed to help children develop strong password habits that will minimize unauthorized data access via computer technology. This is especially important because elementary school children today will become industry computer users tomorrow. By instilling appropriate computer password habits in children today, curriculum can be designed to follow them through the education experience and into industry. Relevant standards from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), ISTE National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS•S), and the Association for Computing Machinery's Computer Science Teachers Association K-12 (CSTA K-12) are referenced.
Descriptors: Computer Security, Elementary School Students, Student Attitudes, Computer Attitudes, Computer Science Education, Computer Literacy, Student Surveys, Information Retrieval, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Knowledge Level
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6
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