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Cyber Chip

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 created the Cyber Chip Award. To develop this important tool for internet safety, the BSA teamed up with content expert NetSmartz®, part of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® and training expert for many law enforcement agencies.

Cyber Chip is REQUIRED for the ranks of Scout & Star, and for some merit badges.  It is recommended that every Scout maintain a current Cyber Chip card every year.

Cyber Chip is AGE / GRADE SPECIFIC and is valid for one year from date of earning it.  You must earn the Cyber Chip for each grade level, then in subsequent years of the same grade level, you may ‘recharge’ your card for another year.

Cyber Chip for Grades 6-8

  • Follow this link to Netsmartz to work on your Cyber Chip Award.
  • Click on the green tab for Grades 6-8
  • Req 1 – Will be completed during meeting with Mr. Vreeland.
  • Req 2 – Complete with your parents, here is a sample contract that can be edited.
  • Req 3 – Watch the video “Friend of Fake?” and any two other videos available in the new window once you follow link to 1st video.
  • Req 4 – Teach internet safety and appropriate online behavior to other Scouts using one of the mini activities, (download or via link on netsmartz page).  Schedule this with your PL or the SPL and it may be done as a group if 2 or 3 Scouts want to work together, so long as everyone participates in the teaching.  Please have an ASM attend your teaching session, they can assist you if needed with your teaching and using the E.D.G.E. method.
  • Req 5 – Once you have completed requirements 2-4, meet with Mr. Vreeland to review them and complete requirements 1 & 5.  Both you and Mr. Vreeland will sign your Cyberchip Card, which will then be presented back to you at closing circle.

 

Cyber Chip for Grades 9-12

  • Follow this link to Netsmartz to work your Cyber Chip Award.
  • Click on the purple tab for Grades 9-12
  • Req 1 – Will be completed during meeting with Mr. Vreeland
  • Req 2 – Complete with your parents, here is a sample contract that can be edited.
  • Req 3 – Discuss with your parents the benefits and dangers of social media, be ready to summarize conversation for Mr. Vreeland
  • Req 4 – Watch 3 of the 20 available  “Real Life Stories” videos
  • Req 5 – Teach internet safety and appropriate online behavior to younger Scouts using one of the student project kit, (download or via link on netsmartz page).  Schedule this with your PL or the SPL and it may be done as a group if 2 or 3 Scouts want to work together, so long as everyone participates in the teaching.  Please have an ASM attend your teaching session, they can assist you if needed with your teaching and using the E.D.G.E. method.
  • Req 6 – Once you have completed requirements 2-5, meet with Mr. Vreeland to review them and complete requirements 1 & 6.  Both you and Mr. Vreeland will sign your Cyberchip Card, which will then be presented back to you at closing circle.

 

‘Recharging’ your Cyber Chip

  • Follow this link to Netsmartz to recharge your Cyber Chip card.
  • Click on the appropriate tab (green for grades 6-8, or purple for grades 9-12)
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page to the RECHARGE area.
  • Watch the video, or another video that you have not already watched.
  • Bring your current/expired Cyber Chip card and meet with Mr. Vreeland to review internet safety, the video you watched, and troop electronics policy.  After which he will sign and put new recharge date on your card.

 

New Scouts, still in 5th Grade
A transitioning Webelos Scout who holds an unexpired Cyber Chip card for his current school grade has fulfilled this portion of the Scout rank requirement as part of the Webelos “Scouting Adventure.”

  • If his Cyber Chip card is currently valid, he should meet with Mr. Vreeland to simply demonstrate his knowledge. This is not a retest.  If, however, the Scout has not grasped these concepts, they may be reviewed (based on Cyber Chip requirements for 5th grade) to ensure understanding.
  • If a new Scout’s Cyber Chip card for his current grade has expired, he simply needs to “recharge” the chip by following the instructions above for ‘Recharging’ but click on the blue tab for 5th grade.

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