Internet Safety Guidelines

Protect your Scout in the Digital Age

Children today are exposed today, often at a young age, to inappropriate digital content, harmful language, online predators, cyber-bullying and the constant onslaught of the connected life we live.  Parents and Scout leaders alike must work together to protect the youth served in Scouting.  While it is impossible to fully shield your scout from inappropriate content on the Internet, with the right tools, the right conversation and the right frame of mind, we can prepare them to deal with this issue.

 

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, 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. Check it out here. 

Topics include cyberbullying, cell phone use, texting, blogging, gaming, and identity theft.

 

For more information please utilize these resources:

 

Protect Your Scout in the Digital Age: Click Here

 

Please checkout these resources online:

www.scouting.org/youthprotection

http://www.scouting.org/cyberchip

http://www.netsmartz.org/scouting

http://www.missingkids.org

https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/youthprotection/pdf/100-055_WB.pdf  (Scout Law and Cybersafety/Cyberbullying)