Tomorrow is Safer Internet Day, which aims to promote the safe use of digital technology for children and young people. The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology, and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community.
At the Raspberry Pi Foundation and Code Club, we’re committed to helping people to learn more about digital making, building a strong and supportive community who use their skills in positive, fun and creative ways.
To celebrate Safer Internet Day in your school, community centre, Code Club, or at home, we’ve created some fun projects that promote the safe and responsible use of technology.
There are lots of websites and apps that identify you by a username. This username is often visible to others, so it’s important that your username isn’t your real name, and doesn’t include personal information such as your age, year of birth or where you live.
In this project you’ll generate usernames that you can use on websites like Scratch. You’ll be able to save the usernames that you like to a text file, so that you can use them later. You’ll even have the chance to create a profile picture to go with your new username.
In this project, you’ll learn how to generate random, secure passwords. First, you’ll learn how secure your passwords are, as well as what makes a secure password. You’ll then create a program to generate random passwords, allowing the user to decide how many passwords they want and how long the passwords should be.
Our personal data is important and should be kept safe and stored securely if shared online. Many websites use encryption to keep the data they hold private. This project shows you how to use a basic encryption technique, and how unauthorised people may be able to gain access to your encrypted information if you are not careful!
Find out more about Safer Internet Day on their website, which also contains education packs for learners, parents and carers.