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CYBER CHIP

RECHARGE YOUR 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.

Note: All Cyber Chips expire annually and all Scouts are to recommit to net safety and netiquette each year. If you’ve already earned your Cyber Chip and just need to recommit, simply go to NetzSmartz.org and watch two new videos in your appropriate age section. Then, with your parent and permission from your Scout leader, the Scout can add the new date to the Cyber Chip card or certificate. Learn More about the Cyber Chip.

NOTE: Lions do not have a Cyber Chip requirement for rank. Lions are Kindergarteners in the fall of 2020. 

Note: All Cyber Chips expire annually and all Scouts are to recommit to net safety and netiquette each year. If you’ve already earned your Cyber Chip and just need to recommit, simply go to NetzSmartz.org and watch two new videos in your appropriate age section. Then, with your parent and permission from your Scout leader, the Scout can add the new date to the Cyber Chip card or certificate.

FOR CUB SCOUTS IN GRADES 1-3

  1. Read, commit to, and sign the Level I Internet Safety Pledge & Pocket Certificate. Find a downloadable PDF here, but purchase the pledge card from scoutshop.org or at your closest Scout Shop.
     

  2. Watch the following videos, below:

    • Bad Netiquette Stinks

    • Router’s Birthday Surprise
       

  3. Show and tell your family what you have learned

FOR CUB SCOUTS IN GRADES 4-5

  1. Read, commit to, and sign the Level I Internet Safety Pledge & Pocket Certificate. Find a downloadable PDF here, but purchase the pledge card from scoutshop.org or at your closest Scout Shop.
     

  2. Watch the following videos, below:

  3. As an individual or with your family, use the Teachable Recipes to demonstrate Internet safety rules to your family.
     

  4. Discuss with your parent the acceptable standards and practices for using allowed electronic devices, such as phones and games, at your home, but also at Scouting events.

Watch another video of your choosing at NetzSmartz! Click on the button below to find the video library.

FOR SCOUTS BSA YOUTH IN GRADES 6-8

  1. Read, commit to, and sign the Level II Internet Safety Pledge & Pocket Certificate. Find a downloadable PDF here, but purchase the pledge card from scoutshop.org or at your closest Scout Shop.
     

  2. Watch the following videos, below:

    • Friend or Fake, plus

    • Two of the following:

      • Post to be Private

      • Split Decisions

      • Two Kinds of Stupid​
         

  3. Write and sign a personalized contract with your parent that outlines rules for using the computer and mobile devices, including what you can download, what you can post, and consequences for inappropriate use.
     

  4. As an individual or with your patrol, use the EDGE method and the Student Project Kit to teach Internet safety rules, behavior, and “netiquette” to your troop or another patrol, or with your Scoutmaster’s approval, teach Internet safety rules to your family. You are encouraged to use any additional material and information you have researched.
     

  5. 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.

Watch two of the following:

FOR SCOUTS BSA YOUTH IN GRADES 9-12

  1. Read, commit to, and sign the Level II Internet Safety Pledge & Pocket Certificate. Find a downloadable PDF here, but purchase the pledge card from scoutshop.org or at your closest Scout Shop.
     

  2. Watch three of the following videos, below:​​

    • Post to be Private

    • Split Decisions

    • Two Kinds of Stupid​

    • Friend or Fake
       

  3. Write and sign a personalized contract with your parent that outlines rules for using the computer and mobile devices, including what you can download, what you can post, and consequences for inappropriate use.
     

  4. Discuss with your parents the benefits and potential dangers teenagers might experience when using social media. Give examples of each.
     

  5. As an individual or with your patrol, use the EDGE method and the Student Project Kit to teach Internet safety rules, behavior, and “netiquette” to your troop or another patrol, or with your Scoutmaster’s approval, teach Internet safety rules to your family. You are encouraged to use any additional material and information you have researched.
     

  6. 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.

KEEP EXPLORING!

Learn about McGruff's Safe Kids Internet Safety

The internet is a great resource for finding information, but it’s important that you are aware of the potential dangers. When you are browsing the Internet, make sure your parents know what you are searching for.

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