The Cyber Chip is the Boy Scouts of America’s online internet safety program. Just like the Whittling Chip teaches the boys how to safely use a pocketknife, the Cyber Chip teaches them how to safely use the internet.
The BSA feels so strongly about internet safety that the Cub Scouts must complete the Cyber Chip in order to earn their rank badge. Bobcat is the only rank that doesn’t require it.
The Cyber Chip requirements vary by grade. The first through third graders have one set of requirements that differs from the fourth and fifth grade set. One of the key differences is that the older boys must discuss acceptable usage of electronics at Scouting events. Continue reading
I know that as parents of first through fifth graders, we may think that topics such as cyber bullying, online privacy and social networks are a long way off for us.
But you may be surprised to learn that over 5 million Facebook users are kids under the age of 10 even though the age limit for an account is 13.
What about YouTube videos? There are lots of great videos that the kids love—especially the Minecraft ones, but without supervision, it’s easy for the boys to be exposed to content that we don’t want them to watch.
And it’s estimated that 25% of kids have their own mobile phones in third grade with all of the issues that go along with a child and his mobile phone. Continue reading