Scouts BSA are required to earn their Cyber Chip. The Cyber Chip program helps teens understand the responsibility that goes with using electronic devices. Topics include cell phones, cyber-bullying, and internet safety.
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 six requirements for youth in high school:
- Read and sign the Level II Internet Safety Pledge. (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.
- Discuss with your parents the benefits and potential dangers teenagers might experience when using social media. Give examples of each.
- Watch three of the following Real-Life Story” videos to learn the impact on teens. (See below the requirements for the videos)
- As an individual or patrol, use the EDGE method and the Student Project Kit 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.