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Earning the Cyber Chip

Earning the Cyber Chip is a necessary part of the trail to Eagle. It is required for several Eagle-required merit badges and elective merit badges. It is also required to earn the star rank. Keep in mind that the Cyber Chip expires and must be renewed each year. There are different cyber chip requirements for each age group. Here are the age groups and their different requirements.

Grades 1-3

Bobca, Tiger Cub, Wolf, BearGrades 1-3 consist of Tiger, Wolf, and Bear scouts. First, you must sign the Level 1 internet safety pledge. That is included in the cyber chip workbook that can be found in the resources section. Next, you must watch the video "Bad Netiquette Stinks." This is a short animated video that explains netiquette(etiquette on the internet). After you watch Bad Netiquette Stinks, watch "Routers Birthday Surprise Interactive Adventure". This is a longer animated video featuring the same set of characters. Then, tell your den leader what you have learned.




Grades 4-5
Webelos, Arrow of Light

Grades 4-5 consist of Webelos and Arrow Of Light(AOL) scouts. In order to earn the Level 2 Cyber Chip, you need to read and sign the level 2 internet safety pledge. It can be found in the Cub Scout cyber chip workbook. See resources. Next, you must watch the video "The Password Rap" and one more video that you choose to watch from this list. The third thing you must do is ask your den leader to use one of these teachable recipes with your den. Teachable recipes are fun easy recipes that can help teach a concept of cyber safety to scouts. I would recommend "Who's on the internet? Cookies". These do take some time to make but they are really fun and help teach scouts one of the most important safety rules of the internet. When I taught the cyber chip to a den of Webelos, I used "Who's on the internet Cookies". The scouts thought that the salty cookies were disgusting. I then explained that they represent some people that are on the internet. Some people seem like they are nice good people, but they aren't always who they seem. They were fun for everyone and I also brought real chocolate chip cookies for everyone after the lesson was over. Once you have done these things, discuss with your den leader the acceptable standards and practices for using allowed electronic devices such as phones and games, at your meetings and other Scouting events.

Grades 6-8

Star Rank
Grades 6-8 are Scouts B.S.A. and may be at any of the ranks in Scouting when they earn the cyber chip. The cyber chip is required in order to earn the Star rank as well as some elective merit badges. In order to earn the Level 3 Cyber Chip, you must read and sign the Level 3 Internet Safety Pledge. This can be found in the Scouts B.S.A. Cyber Chip workbook. See resources. Next, you must write and sign a personalized contract with your parent or guardian that outlines rules you will follow when using the internet and consequences for inappropriate use. For that, you can create a google doc or word doc and add a numbered list with a few terms that you will follow and then write a consequence or list of consequences for when you break those terms. This should only take a few minutes. Next watch the video, Friend or fake along with two additional videos that you choose from this list: Post to be PrivateSplit Decisions, and Two Kinds of Stupid. After this, you need to use the edge method to teacher internet safety rules to your troop or another patrol. I would suggest that you write a paragraph that talks about the rules of cyber safety and why they are important and then asking your SPL to give you a spot on the meeting agenda so that you can present it to your troop. Last you must 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.

Grades 9-12

Grades 9-12 are Scouts B.S.A. and may be any of the ranks in scouting while they are working on earning the cyber chip. The cyber chip is required to earn the star rank as well as several elective merit badges. You first need to read and sign the Level 4 Internet Safety Pledge. This can be found in the Scouts B.S.A. Cyberchip Workbook. See resources. Next, you need to write and sign a personalized contract with your parents outlining the rules you will follow when using the internet and the consequences for breaking these rules. For that, you can create a google doc or word doc and add a numbered list with a few terms that you will follow and then write a consequence or list of consequences for when you break those terms. This should only take a few minutes. Next, discuss with your parents the benefits and dangers teenagers might encounter while using social media. Next, watch any 3 of the videos in this list. Friend or FakePost to be PrivateSplit DecisionsTwo Kinds of Stupid. Next, you need to use the EDGE method and the Student Project Kit(see resources) to teach internet safety rules, behavior, and netiquette(etiquette on the internet) to your troop or another patrol. Finally, discuss with your scoutmaster or leader the acceptable standards and practices for using allowed electronic devices such as phones and games at your meetings and other scouting events.
Cyber Chip Card

Conclusion

Now you can go and earn your Cyber Chip with ease. You will be able to earn the Star rank and get several merit badges that you couldn't have before. Just remember, the Cyber Chip expires annually so you must renew it each year! If you like this post share it on social media and leave a comment below. Please subscribe to get new content from Scouting Overload each week!

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