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 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.

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)
  3. Play the Router’s Birthday Surprise Interactive Adventure , and print the completion certificate to give to your den leader. (NetSmartz.org)
  4. Show and tell your family, den leader, den, or pack what you have learned.

Note: All Cyber Chips will expire annually. Each Scout will need to go to Netsmartz and complete 2 new resources 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.

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)
  3. As an individual or with your den, use the Teachable Recipes to demonstrate Internet safety rules to your den leader, den, or pack.
  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 go to Netsmartz and complete 2 new resources 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.