About MBF Programs

MBF Prevention Education Programs are comprehensive, evidence-based/evidence-informed primary prevention programs that educate and empower youth with the MBF 5 Safety Rules© and strategies to prevent, recognize, and respond appropriately to bullying, cyberbullying, the four types of child abuse (physical, emotional, sexual, neglect), exploitation, trafficking, and digital dangers. All program lessons are age- and developmentally appropriate and use active learning strategies and reinforcement materials.

The programs were developed WITH schools, not FOR schools, to make the best use of existing resources and ensure schools and youth-serving organizations have effective programs that are easy to implement. School-based programs are presented in two comprehensive lessons ranging from 35-55 minutes (or in four shorter lessons) by trained facilitators in classrooms. Facilitators present turnkey scripts along with engaging, interactive PowerPoints including lecture, group discussion, skills-practice activities, videos, and games.

In addition, MBF Prevention Education Programs are NO COST to Florida Public Schools and partnering organizations (like Child Advocacy Centers).

Paid by OAG, GR-2023-Monique Burr Foundation for Children-00020

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Program Features and Benefits:

  • Evidence-based/evidence-informed curriculum
  • Empowers and educates students grades Pre-K — 12th
  • Easy and practical for schools to implement
  • Developmentally appropriate for students in grades kindergarten through five
  • Based on polyvictimization research
  • Provides universal strategies to better protect children and teens, including five easy-to-remember Safety Rules
  • Educates children, school staff, and parents
  • Provides practice and reinforcement of learned skills
  • Created, reviewed, and supported by experts
  • Trusted by parents and schools

Program Lesson Topics:

SCHOOL-BASED PROGRAMS

MBF Child Safety Matters® — Pre-K Edition

The Pre-K curriculum consists of four lessons based on the MBF 5 Safety Rules and one optional lesson as follows:

    • Lesson 1: General Safety Information and Safety Rule #1
    • Lesson 2: Safety Rule #2
    • Lesson 3: Safety Rule #3 and Safety Rule #4
    • Lesson 4: Safety Rule #5
    • Lesson 5: Bullying and Digital Safety (Optional lesson)

MBF Child Safety Matters® – Elementary School Edition

  » For students in grades K – 5th

  » Two lessons per classroom annually

    • Lesson 1 General safety and the four types of child abuse
    • Lesson 2 Bullying, cyberbullying, digital safety, and digital citizenship

MBF Teen Safety Matters® – Middle and High School Editions

  » For students in grades 6th-12th

  » Two lessons per classroom annually

    • Lesson 1 Digital safety, cyberbullying, sexting, and exploitation
    • Lesson 2 The four types of child abuse, bullying, relationship abuse, sexual assault, and exploitation/sex trafficking

SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCES

  » MBF Mental Health Matters™

  » Virtual Nearpod Lessons

EXTRA-CURRICULUM PROGRAMS

MBF After-School Safety Matters® – After-School and Youth-Serving Organization Curriculum

  »  For children and teens in after-school programs and youth-serving organizations 

  »  Six lessons presented to groups by grade level (K-2, 3-5, 6-8)

    • Lesson 1 The 5 Safety Rules
    • Lesson 2 Bullying
    • Lesson 3 Cyberbullying
    • Lesson 4 Abuse
    • Lesson 5 Digital Safety
    • Lesson 6 Digital Citizenship

MBF Athlete Safety Matters® – Youth Athlete Curriculum

  » For youth athletes (from beginner to elite levels) in sports settings

  » Two lessons presented to groups by grade level (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

    • Lesson 1 Digital safety, cyberbullying, sexting, and exploitation
    • Lesson 2 The four types of child abuse, bullying/hazing, relationship abuse, and exploitation/sex trafficking

Additional resources and reinforcement materials available for ordering include:

» Curriculum Book and Flash Drive
» Safe Adult Bookmarks
» Safety Rules Posters for Classrooms
» Parent Information Sheets
» Student Resource Cards
» Safe Rules Stickers
» Safety Rules Banners for Schools


Why Use Our Programs?

Based on Research

Comprehensive, evidence-based/evidence-informed programs teach universal safety rules and strategies following recommendations of polyvictimization research that apply to many types of victimization. MBF is committed to ongoing evaluation of all programs. Four independent research studies have examined the effectiveness of the program with positive results for both student knowledge gains and facilitator implementation fidelity.

Practical for Schools/ORGANIZATIONS

  • Programs are cost-effective and easy to implement for schools and organizations using standardized curricula with facilitator scripts and PowerPoint presentations.
  • Lessons can be implemented by a variety of professionals (school counselors, teachers, health educators, nurses, coaches, local community partners such as child advocacy centers, etc.).
  • Facilitators are trained prior to implementing program lessons via live or online training options.
  • Programs include reinforcement materials for children/teens, parents/guardians, and schools/organizations.

Helps Schools/ORGANIZATIONS Meet Statute AND Policy Requirements

  • School-based programs are aligned with many education and health instruction standards and help schools meet required bullying, child safety, and child abuse prevention requirements.
  • MBF Athlete Safety Matters® helps youth sports organizations meet the youth athlete training requirements of the Protecting Youth Athletes and SafeSport Authorization Act of 2017.

Program Support

MBF Prevention Education Programs are approved, recommended by, or listed as resources by the following:

 

What They're Saying...

There’s not a child in the world who can’t benefit from this program. There are so many instances where we see children who have been damaged and hurt. Things happened to them and we think, if they’d only had this program, if they’d only had the benefit of this education, that might not have happened to them. If we can prevent that from happening to a single child, then it’s worth all the effort we have put forth.

The MBF Child Safety Matters program is impressive. This important information is well formulated and well presented, developmentally appropriate, and based on good understanding of literature.

I heard about the program through my son. He came home…and showed me the safety rules. I cannot thank the Foundation enough; to have other people who are also concerned about my child’s safety and the safety of other kids is wonderful. I especially like the program’s focus on the prevention side.