That’s what I was afraid of. It means BSA will be dropping all content covering online safety. I can’t see how that is a change for the better. If anything, there should be more discussion about proper behavior online, not less. I just asked my 9-year old son if he was ever taught about griefing in school - which is essentially electronic bullying - and he said “never”.
Omitting any discussion of good netiquette essentially ignores the mission of scouting:
“The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.”
We instill the values of the Oath and Law in our kids, but some of them might not understand how those values relate to their behavior online. Scouts is the perfect forum for addressing those issues.
Lest we forget the aims of scouting:
“Character, Citizenship, Personal Fitness, and Leadership”
Character, citizenship, and leadership, as expressed online, is a big issue nowadays. Cyber bullying, gossiping, spreading rumors, attacking people’s character on social media, using other’s content without permission or proper citation, software piracy/hacking, griefing (bad sportsmanship in online gaming) - we shouldn’t just assume our children will know what’s acceptable and what isn’t when it comes to those issues.
NetSmartz was far from perfect. Indeed, some of it was pretty bad. But we shouldn’t throw out the baby with the bathwater. We need to IMPROVE the Cyber Chip, not throw it away and pretend these issues won’t effect our kids.
@jacobfetzer can you sympathize with what I’m saying? Will sending an email to the address @CharleyHamilton provided be my best recourse? What else can I do? I’d like to get ahead of this before any official announcements are made about BSA dropping Cyber Chip.