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MBF Child Safety Matters™ Effectively Educates Students with Strategies to Prevent Child Bullying and Abuse

Florida State University Independent Study evaluates program 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (July 29, 2015) – MBF Child Safety Matters™, powered by Monique Burr Foundation for Children, Inc. (MBF), was recently shown to be an effective and quality program that empowers children with the knowledge and skills to recognize and respond to unsafe situations, according to an independent study conducted by Florida State University’s (FSU) School of Teacher Education. The evaluation took place from January through July 2015 and was approved by the FSU Institutional Review Board.

Specific findings from the independent study of MBF Child Safety Matters™ include:

  • Most of the 620 kindergarten through fifth grade students surveyed, demonstrated pre- to post-test gains on student assessments, which shows MBF Child Safety Matters™ is successfully educating participants with strategies to prevent all types of child abuse, bullying, cyberbullying and digital abuse.
  • Procedural fidelity to the prescribed MBF Child Safety Matters™ curriculum exceeded 90 percent by its facilitators, typically school counselors.  This includes adherence to lesson plans, general guidelines and program language.
  • Children respond well to MBF Child Safety Matters™ and facilitators are enthusiastic about using the program.
  • Facilitators believe MBF Child Safety Matters™ topics are explained appropriately in the scripts, lesson PowerPoints and other materials, rating average topic coverage and appropriateness at a 4.7 on a scale of 5.

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Download a one-page evaluation summary.

Read the entire FSU report here.

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What They're Saying...

The MBF Teen Safety Matters curriculum hosts an in-depth approach to important social and safety concerns relevant to youth. The program content is age-appropriate with engaging activities, jargon, and realistic situations to positively promote a relatable and impacting learning experience…Teen Safety Matters is an educational benefit to all parties involved – students, parents, facilitators, and schools.

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.

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.