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.
Topics include cyberbullying, cell phone use, texting, blogging, gaming, and identity theft.
- 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.
- 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.
Cyber Chip Requirements
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.