The first step in doing just about anything is safety.

Step 1 of the Boy Scouts of America’s Photography merit badge is just that: “Safety.”

While the first portion is preparing for the potential physical hazards that photography may entail, the second portion is presenting a “current, up-to-date Cyber Chip.”

Scouts BSA Cyber Chip requirements — Cub Scout (Grades K-5) are slightly different
A. Cyber Chip Requirements for Grades 6-8
1. Read and sign the Level II Internet Safety Pledge from NetSmartz. (BSA Cyber Chip green card) – Available from BSA
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.
General comments
What I can download
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.

Official Overwatch League 2020 Jerseys3. 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.

The front side of the green Scouts BSA Cyber Chip pocket certificate. Available online here: https://www.scoutshop.org/catalog/product/view/id/7931
The front side of the green Scouts BSA Cyber Chip pocket certificate.
Available online here: https://www.scoutshop.org/catalog/product/view/id/7931

B. Cyber Chip Requirements for Grades 9-12
1. Read and sign the Level II Internet Safety Pledge from NetSmartz. (BSA Cyber Chip green card) – Available from BSA
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.
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.
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.
Note: 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.

Download a PDF with more information about the training and what it represents.



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