Students across Florida are experiencing an unprecedented situation of online learning from home. The perception is that most children are considering this an extended spring break. However, the reality is many students consider school their “safe place” and are now living day and night in a home with increased stress and an increased risk for abuse. Whether it’s a parent, relative, neighbor or close friend, perpetrators now have greater accessibility to kids. Increased rates of abuse and exploitation of children have occurred during previous public health emergencies like COVID-19. UNICEF is urging governments to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children amidst the intensifying socio-economic fallout from the disease. The Monique Burr Foundation for children, effective immediately, is encouraging schools to present the MBF Child Safety Matters® and MBF Teen Safety Matters® lessons remotely to educate and protect children and teens from all types of bullying, abuse and victimization. MBF programs are evidence-based and evidence-informed and are currently being used in 67 counties in nearly 2,500 schools across Florida, 23 other states, and 3 countries…READ MORE
To help with this transition, we have compiled GUIDELINES AND TIPS FOR REMOTE PRESENTATION of MBF programs. Facilitators can find more information on the MBF resources portal:
Guidelines and Tips for Florida CAC Facilitators Presenting Remotely.
Guidelines and Tips for Florida Facilitators Presenting Remotely.
IF YOU DO NOT CURRENTLY IMPLEMENT MBF PREVENTION EDUCATION LESSONS in your local schools, it is critical that you start now. Continuing the MBF lessons with students is a great way to help them feel connected and safe during this uncertain time. To learn more about implementing the programs contact MBF at firstname.lastname@example.org or 904-642- 0210.
MBF also provides parents with resources through the MBF Child Safety Matters® app and on at our resources portal (www.mbfpreventioneducation.org/resources) which houses resources, and safety briefs, including how to discuss sensitive topics with your child. The MBF website also provides four professional development courses on human trafficking, sexual abuse, cyberbullying and digital safety, and recognizing and reporting child abuse and neglect.
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.
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.