Scouts BSA are required to earn their Cyber Chip. The Cyber Chip program helps youth understand how to use their electronic devices safely and responsibly.
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.
There are five requirements:
- Read and sign the Level II Internet Safety Pledge on the BSA Cyber Chip Card. (BSA Cyber Chip green card – can be ordered at scoutshop.org)
- )Write and sign a personalized contract with your parent or guardian that outlines rules for using the computer and mobile devices, including what you can download, what you can post, and consequences for inappropriate use.
- Watch the video “Friend or Fake,” (see below) along with two additional videos of your choosing from the list below, to see how friends can help each other to stay safe online.
- As an individual or with your patrol, use the EDGE method and to teach Internet safety rules, behavior, and “netiquette” to your troop or another patrol. You are encouraged to use any additional material and information you have researched. Each member of the patrol must have a role and present part of the lesson.
- 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.