Cyber Chip Program

I see younger and younger children all the time with cell phones in their hands. And in many schools, computers are a tool just like a pencil or a notebook. So now more than ever we need to ensure that our kids use technology safely and for its intended purpose.

The BSA Cyber Chip program encourages Scouts to learn how to use their electronic devices safely. Some of the issues the program addresses are protecting personal information, cyber bullying, appropriate use of social media, cell phones, texting, and netiquette. There are different requirements for different age levels. This ensures that the program is appropriate and relevant to the Scouts working on it.

The program is available for all youth members of the BSA. There are patches, cards, and certificates for successful completion. Cub Scouts get a patch with blue highlights, while Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Sea Scouts, and Venturers get a patch with green highlights.

This program is offered in partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. You can find the requirements and resources on the NetSmartz part of their website.

2 Responses to Cyber Chip Program

  1. Kate October 13, 2016 at 1:34 PM #

    As advancement chair for our pack, I am responsible for getting our pack up to date on their cyber chip completion. Most of the kids earned their first badge this year, but some earned their recharge pin. For next year, a lot of them will be earning their recharge pins. For kids in their 3rd year of the program (ie. recharging for the 2nd time) do they earn an additional “recharge” pin to put on their badge? The “recharge” pins are a little pricey, so just wondering if that is a one time award.

  2. Kira April 12, 2017 at 10:10 PM #

    I am the sister to a boy scout completing this badge while i am working on the netiquette badge in girl scouts.

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