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Cyber Chip
    • Cyber Chip

      Today's youth are spending more time than ever using digital media for education, research, socializing, and fun. To help families and volunteers keep youth safe while online, the Boy Scouts of America introduces the Cyber Chip. In developing this exciting new tool, the BSA teamed up with content expert NetSmartz®, part of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® and training expert for many law enforcement agencies.

      Netsmartz® has created a Scouting portal showcasing Cyber Chip resources, including grade-specific videos, for each level. Check it out here.

      Topics include cyberbullying, cell phone use, texting, blogging, gaming, and identity theft.

    • Requirements

      Cyber Chip Requirements for Grades 1-3

      1. Read, commit to, and sign the Level I Internet Safety Pledge. (BSA Cyber Chip blue card)
      2. Watch the video “Bad Netiquette Stinks.” (NetSmartz.org/scouting )
      3. Play the Router’s Birthday Surprise Interactive Adventure, and print the completion certificate to give to your den leader. (NetSmartz.org/scouting )
      4. Show and tell your family, den leader, den, or pack what you have learned.

      Cyber Chip Requirements for Grades 4-5

      1. Read, commit to, and sign the Level I Internet Safety Pledge. (BSA Cyber Chip blue card)
      2. Watch the video “The Password Rap” and another video of your choosing. (NetSmartz.org/scouting )
      3. As an individual or with your den, use the Teachable Recipes to demonstrate Internet safety rules to your den leader, den, or pack. (NetSmartz.org/scouting )
      4. Discuss with your unit leader the acceptable standards and practices for using allowed electronic devices, such as phones and games, at your meetings and other Scouting events.

       

      Note: All Cyber Chips will expire annually. Each Scout will need to “recharge” the chip by going back to the Netsmartz Recharge area. This space will hold new information, news, and a place for the Scout to recommit to net safety and netiquette. Then, with the unit leader, the Scout can add the new date to the Cyber Chip card or certificate.

    • Integration Ideas

      Parents

      • Use the Cyber Chip as a tool to work with your youth to create additional open communications.
      • Visit www.scouting.org/cyberchip and NetSmartz® for more content ideas and tip sheets.

       

      Unit Leaders

      • Tailor the requirements to your own unit rules. Complete the requirements for the Cyber Chip as a unit at a regular meeting, then hand out the cards and patches on the spot.
      • Review the resources available on the website, including teaching materials, an implementation guide, and more.
      • Create a fun challenge for youth to stump the unit leaders.
      • Play a "Jeopardy!"-style game in a meeting to use what's been learned.
      • Use the Cyber Chip as a foundational step in preparation for leadership positions such as Webmaster.

       

      Councils and Districts

      • Add Cyber Chip information to council or district websites. Create an area focused on cyber safety. Use resources from NetSmartz®
      • Spread the word by communicating at events like camporees and Scoutoramas.
      • Do a tech event for adults or youth—then set teams to compete with each other on their knowledge in a fun fashion.
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