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, joining our other safety “Chips:” Totin’ Chip and Firem’n Chip,
Topics for the Cyber Chip include cyberbullying, cell phone use, texting, blogging, gaming, and identity theft. Lundquist’s Cyber Chip efforts will focus on requirements for Grade 6. However, the Cyber Chip can be earned by any youth in the BSA’s programs:
- Cub Scouts—Grades 1-3 and Grades 4-5
- Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers, and Sea Scouts—Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12
- Use the Cyber Chip as a tool to work with your youth to create additional open communications.
- Visit www.scouting.org/cyberchip and NetSmartz® for more content ideas and tip sheets.
- Tailor the requirements to your own unit rules. Complete the requirements for the Cyber Chip as a unit at a regular meeting, then hand out the cards and patches on the spot.
- Review the resources available on the website, including teaching materials, an implementation guide, and more.
- Create a fun challenge for youth to stump the unit leaders.
- Play a “Jeopardy!”-style game in a meeting to use what’s been learned.
- Use the Cyber Chip as a foundational step in preparation for leadership positions such as Webmaster.
Author: Boy Scouts of America and Shelby Lundquist