By Community Submission
Feb 18, 2015

Shelby Lundquist Partners with BSA for Internet Safety

Cub Scouts earn blue patch. Older youth earn green patch

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,

In launching program, Shelby Lundquist has made this new tool part of her Miss Pleasant Grove, Utah Scholarship Pageant platform.image4486

 

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:

Integration Ideas

Parents

  • 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.
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Cyber Chip card available at your nearest Scout Shop


 

Unit Leaders

  • 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.

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Author: Boy Scouts of America and Shelby Lundquist

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