"But Mama!" wailed little Susan and little Joey, as they sat in their little chairs at their little table, playing with their iPad Minis. "We don't wanna change our passwords again! It doesn't have any effect on security!"
Mama smiled on them, kindly but firmly, and said, "Bad things happen to little children who don't change their passwords promptly. Let me tell you a story..."
Once upon a time, there was a small professor who received daily warnings from IT that her college email password was about to expire. Sad to say, the small professor procrastinated--
"Mama," interrupted the children, "what's 'procrastinate'?"
"Putting things off as long as you can. Now, don't interrupt."
The small professor procrastinated until, one day, she received an email from IT saying that the campus website had crashed. Suddenly, she was gripped by a feeling of terror, such as she had never experienced before!
"Not even while watching the Red Wedding on Game of Thrones?" asked little Joey.
"Not even--wait, what are you doing watching Game of Thrones?! I see we'll have to have a little chat when I'm done with my tale..."
The password changer no longer worked! Now, the small professor was unable to change her password--
"Obviously," observed little Susan, sagely. "Isn't that redundant?"
That meant that she couldn't read her emails. Or sign into the system. Or get into Blackboard. And that probably meant that she couldn't get into her office computer. Or access the classroom tech to use PowerPoint.
"My friend's mommy says that only uncool people use PowerPoint," said little Joey.
"I don't think the small professor even pretends to be cool."
This made the small professor very, very sad. How would she ever get through the day? Her career would be ruined forever! (Or, at least, until IT changed her password for her.)
Little Joey and little Susan, do you know what the moral of the story is?
"Don't make faculty keep changing their passwords!" they chorused.
Mama sighed. "Don't procrastinate!"
ETA, some time later:
"Mama," said little Joey and little Susan, "what happened later?"
Mama hemmed and hawed. "Well, the password changer started working again, so everything was fine."
"So we can procrastinate!" the kids cried in excitement.
Mama was silent.