Digital Privacy

A key ingredient for a safe and healthy Scouting experience is respect for privacy. Advances in technology are enabling new forms of social interaction that extend beyond the appropriate use of cameras or recording devices. According to BSA policy, it is inappropriate to use any device capable of recording or transmitting visual images in shower houses, restrooms, or other areas where privacy is expected by participants.

Sending sexually explicit photographs or videos electronically is prohibited. “Sexting” by cell phones is a form of texting being practiced primarily by young adults and children as young as middle-school age. Sexting is neither safe nor private and is a violation of federal law when involving a minor. It can lead to severe legal consequences for the sender and the receiver.