New Program Aims to Keep Youth Safe Online

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.

In developing this exciting new tool—which can be earned by youth after completing all of the age-appropriate requirements—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.

NetSmartz has created a Scouting portal showcasing Cyber Chip resources, including grade-specific videos, for each level. Topics on the site include cyberbullying, cell phone use, texting, blogging, gaming, and identity theft.

All Cyber Chips will expire annually. Each Scout will need to “recharge” the chip by going back to the Netsmartz Recharge area. This space will hold new information, news, and a place for the Scout 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.

For more information, read about the Cyber Chip in Scouting magazine’s Bryan on Scouting blog.

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