So I just tried to do Cyberchip with my new Tiger (9/15/2019). The Scout section on Netsmartz is gone and there is no “recharge” section anymore. Also, the certificate they print to show they have done it is gone as well. I do know that the new Protect Yourself Rules can replace it but I’m not looking to do that. With all this stuff removed from the site this year is Cyberchip still a requirement? I’m the advancement chair so I need to make sure I am clear with what I tell my parents. Thanks.
Try going through the link below. You should be able to get to everything you need except for the certificate.
Yes, I looked there. But that doesn’t give anything for those Scouts who need to “recharge” I’m the Advancement Chair and I’m trying to figure this out for our whole Pack. We have a lot who would just need to “recharge.”
There’s a discussion at this thread about what occurred. Everything is now at the BSA’s main Cyber Chip page:
ETA: From the BSA page:
Recharging Your Cyber Chip
Note: All Cyber Chips will expire annually. Each Scout will need to go to Netsmartz and complete 2 new resources 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.
It’s become more vague about exactly what to do to recharge, but at least it’s now feasible again.
If you look at the scouting.org requirements, the videos are named. Grades 1-3 have to have Bad Netittique Stinks and Router’s Birthday Surprise. I downloaded them onto my laptop and used a Pico projector and showed them at combined Den meeting for the Tiger/Wolf/Bears for the Cyber Chip and then with the recharge we interpreted at 2 other videos in the same category. Netsmartz has them broken down into Elementary and Middle/Highschool. For the recharge we did the same did the same thing, downloaded two more than seemed relevant. The 4th and 5th Grade is a little harder. as the their videos are no longer on Netsmartz. I had to find them on YouTube. but basically the same as the first group, but used Wifi and did not download them. It just took a night net surfing to locate everything and either download it or make the power point with the appropriate hyperlinks. It is a bit frustrating, but it can be worth it. I sent my scouts to look at the FBI’s SOS (Safe Online Surfing) page, the target audience is 3- 8th grades after we finished the BSA rather convoluted and odd requirements. Its is quite good here is the link for that https://sos.fbi.gov/en/
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