This year, Monique Burr Foundation staff has provided live MBF Child Safety Matters® and MBF Teen Safety Matters® facilitator training in 25 counties, at two universities, and at one Child Advocacy Center! Additional school and district staff have been trained through the MBF Prevention Education Online Facilitator Portal.
If your district or university would like to schedule a live facilitator training, please contact our Florida Outreach Manager, Nan Worsowicz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 904-238-1274.
If you know someone who would like to take the Online Facilitator Training, please have them complete the Facilitator Information and Agreement Form at www.tfaforms.com/454984.
If you need to order MBF Child Safety Matters® or MBF Teen Safety Matters® materials (at NO COST to Florida Public Schools), visit www.safetymattersorder.com.
Remember, Facilitators have online access to the password protected facilitator portal. You can view the online training videos if you would like a refresher. You can also access a variety of additional resources on the main website www.mbfpreventioneducation.org, including several one-hour free professional development courses under the Learn More tab. You may want to recommend these courses to others to further their understanding of the problems of child abuse, bullying and digital safety. You can reset your password from the logon site. If you have forgotten your login, contact us and we will send it to you again.
“GET IN THE CLASSROOM” TIPS FROM FACILITATORS
MBF hosted a breakout session with a panel of experienced MBF Prevention Education facilitators at the recent Florida School Counselor Association (FSCA) Conference in Orlando. The panel focused on tips for getting into classrooms. Here are some of the ideas they shared:
Talk to administration and teachers about “what’s in it for them.”
Each MBF Prevention Education lesson is aligned with state and national standards in Language Arts and Health. You are actually helping them meet some of the standards by teaching the lessons!
Teaching the lessons could also lead to fewer referrals, which benefits the administration.
Prevention Education is a Tier 1 Intervention that benefits all students.
Teaching the lessons can help meet state statutes for bullying prevention, and could help avoid student transfers under HB 7055.
Find the class that has a lot of referrals, and start with that class.
Find out when teachers have scheduled “sick days” and offer to come and do the first lesson when they are already going to have a sub. The catch is that they have to agree to let you come back for the second lesson.
Find one teacher or one grade level that is willing to let you come. Gather data on the impact of the lessons and take the data to your administration (eg. did bullying rates go down, were students more likely to be Upstanders rather than Bystanders, and were there verified disclosures of abuse).
If your time is spent being “reactive” rather than “proactive,” if you are always “putting out fires,” then it may be time to work with your faculty and staff on what a “crisis” truly is. What needs to be handled “right now,” what can wait until the “end of the day,” and what can be handled “in the classroom.” Consider using appointment slips, even with younger students, to follow up on things that do not really require an immediate response.
For a complete transcript of the “Get In The Classroom” Panel Discussion click here.
UPDATED WILL HARDEN “SAFETY MATTERS” VIDEO
An UPDATED version of the Will Harden “Safety Matters” video is now available to be downloaded from the MBF Prevention Education Facilitator Portal. We think you will find the NEW version to be more school friendly as the shots of the mask (which is a current fashion trend among some artists, but may not be familiar to all students), have been edited out. While the video is not a part of any of the MBF Child Safety Matters® or MBF Teen Safety Matters® lessons, it is appropriate for introducing and reinforcing the 5 Safety Rules, especially with intermediate and middle school students.
October’s Supplemental Bullying Prevention Month Lesson Plans were emailed to Facilitators in late September. Thank you for all of the positive feedback about the activities that were tied to the “Be The Nice Kid” saying. Just a reminder that effective Bullying Prevention is year round, not just one month of the year! The Bullying Prevention Lesson Plans can be found here.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Be on the lookout for supplemental lesson plans to be emailed in late March.
Thanks to our wonderful facilitators, MBF Child Safety Matters reached over 463,000 students during the 2017-2018 school year. Helpful in that effort, MBF Child Safety Matters is now considered an evidence-based program. We received the final report from our two-year randomized, controlled trial led by Dr. David Finkelhor. The results are very positive, showing that students who received our program had significantly higher post-test scores than the control group who had not received the lessons. We are continuing to build our evidence base as we conduct a 6-month follow-up to assess those same students’ learning retention. The researchers anticipate publishing the full study results in a peer-reviewed journal in the coming year.
Many social media users witnessed the power of the #MeToo movement. Sharing informative posts from MBF or our prevention partners is sometimes just the opening people need to ask about prevention education and #ChangetheConversation.
Connect with us on our social media pages to be informed of the latest MBF happenings and discover ways you can help spread the message to protect children.
THANKS AND FEEDBACK
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As always, we welcome your feedback. Please send comments and suggestions about the newsletter, as well as updates on your work with our prevention education programs to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Roberta Targino, M.S.
Parent and Mental Health Counselor
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.
Sharon W. Cooper, MD
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
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.