Most of us associate Valentine’s Day with love, hearts, and flowers. It’s a day typically spent with one’s significant other celebrating love. But this Valentine’s Day, we’d like to ask you to include in your celebration of love, the love that we all have for children.
So, today we’d like to ask you a question… If you love a child, what are you doing to keep them safe?
Children comprise approximately 25% of the U.S. population, but they suffer higher rates of victimization and crime than adults. In fact, 1 in 4 children will experience some type of trauma or victimization before they reach the age of 16. This widespread victimization is responsible for a variety of physical and mental health-related consequences affecting children well into their adult years.
However, much of the abuse and trauma experienced by children can be prevented. And the Monique Burr Foundation (MBF) can help.
We hope you’ll agree, there is nothing more important than the safety of a child. Keeping kids safe is MBF’s sole mission, but it’s also a job for parents, schools, and communities as well. We may not be able to completely stop abuse, but together we can make a difference!
MBF Prevention Education Programs educate and empower youth (K-12th grade) with Safety Rules and strategies to prevent, recognize, and respond to abuse, bullying, digital dangers, exploitation, human trafficking, and other types of victimization. By using MBF programs to educate and empower children and teens, you are taking a crucial step to secure their safety.
What can you do this Valentine’s Day to show your love for children?
If you work for a school or youth-serving organization, visit www.mbfpreventioneducation.org to learn about and order our programs. Show your love for children by teaching them how to help adults keep them safe.
If you are a parent, share information about our programs with your child’s school. Show your love for them by learning more about the 5 Safety Rules and being a Safe Adult by visiting www.mbfpreventioneducation.org.
Visit our social media pages, @MBFchildsafety to see our “If you love me…” videos!
Want to make your own video to add to the story?
- Download and print the sign.
- Capture a video of your child saying, “If you love me, you will teach me to be safe” while holding the sign.
- Post on your social media and tag @MBFChildSafety.
We’ll repost some videos in the coming weeks to share with our followers. Please note that tagging MBF in your video/post gives us permission to repost on our social media channels. Thanks for helping us spread the message!
Every child deserves to be safe! As adults, it’s our job to teach them how! It’s our job to LOVE them!Tags: Child Abuse, Child Safety, Child Sexual Abuse