Student Usernames: Digital Citizenship Lesson


Your students will have a lot of fun learning about and creating school-friendly usernames!

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Stop holding your breath while students create a username for an edtech game or tool, and sigh with relief knowing that they’ll generate school and kid-friendly usernames that keeps the lesson moving and everyone engaged.

Many components of a student’s digital footprint are controlled at the district level. From their passwords and usernames, to their lunch codes, and most login information for an array of EdTech tools that you use in your library. Even with all of these safeguards in place, there are times when students need to generate usernames— like when they join a digital quiz game, like Blooket.

While most students will just type in their first name, there’s always a handful that types in something else. Inevitably, it holds up the game or incites giggles and outrage. It’s enough to make you not want to use tools like this ever again. 

However, with this standards-based lesson, you can confidently employ EdTech games with ease. Students will learn how to generate school-friendly usernames that are creative and respectful while also protecting their private information. These are all great skills that they can transfer over to their personal lives, outside of school, and even to generating passwords!


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AFTER downloading this resource you’ll get:

  • Standards-based lesson – AASL, ISTE, and CSTA Standards listed below
  • The importance of teaching username creation
  • Suggested picture books to read aloud
  • 3 Collaborative Learning Structures with detailed directions to facilitate the structure and help students successfully participate in
  • List of discussion prompts to help students reflect on the process and criteria for creating usernames
  • Username criteria posters —available to print in color or black and white
  • Introduction to LEET, with a simple key to help students make their usernames creative and fun
  • 4 activities that help students with different aspects of creating a username; including:
    • Analyzing usernames to determine which are safe 
    • Sorting safe vs unsafe usernames
    • Decoding usernames
    • Matching usernames to a profile
    • Answer Key for each activity


This activity addresses the following standards:


  • Developing new understandings through engagement in a learning group.
  • Problem solving through cycles of design, implementation, and reflection.


  • Discuss real-world cybersecurity problems and how personal information can be protected.


  • Students cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation, and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world.
  • Students manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security, and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online.