Cyber Chip

The Cyber Chip is the newest “chip” in the BSA.

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.

The Cyber Chip expires every year and the requirements and materials change through out cub & boy scout program.

The Cyber Chip has already been included in some of the newer technology based Merit Badges as a requirement, including Digital Technology and Programming.

At Troop 69, we will looking to see how and when connected technology can be integrated into our scouting program and under rules. Once these have been developed, they will appear on this page. If you have concerns or opinions on this topic, please let us know through email or before/after any regular troop meeting.

The Cyber Chip program is based upon a pledge for all scouts and then has age-specific requirements.

Internet Safety Pledge

  1. I will think before I post
  2. I will respect other people online
  3. I will respect digital media ownership
  4. I won’t meet face-to-face with anyone I meet in the digital world unless I have my parent’s permission
  5. I will protect myself online.

Cyber Chip Requirements for Grades 6-8:

  1. Read and sign the Level II Internet Safety Pledge from NetSmartz. (BSA Cyber Chip green card)
  2. 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.
  3. Watch the video “Friend or Fake,” along with two additional videos of your choosing, to see how friends can help each other to stay safe online. (www.netsmartz.org/scouting )
  4. As an individual or with your patrol, use the EDGE method and mini lessons 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. (www.netsmartz.org/scouting )
  5. 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.

Cyber Chip Requirements for Grades 9-12

  1. Read and sign the Level II Internet Safety Pledge. (BSA Cyber Chip green card)
  2. 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.
  3. Discuss with your parents the benefits and potential dangers teenagers might experience when using social media. Give examples of each.
  4. Watch three “Real-Life Story” videos to learn the impact on teens. (www.netsmartz.org/scouting)
  5. As an individual or patrol, use the EDGE method and the Teen Volunteer 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. (www.netsmartz.org/scouting)
  6. 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.

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