MBF Prevention Education Programs are evidence-based and evidence-informed, primary prevention programs. These fun and engaging programs educate and empower students (and relevant adults) with information and strategies to prevent, recognize, and respond appropriately to bullying, cyberbullying, all types of child abuse and exploitation, and digital dangers.
The programs are:
RESEARCHED. The programs are developmentally-appropriate, research-based, and utilize prevention research best practices. They are based on the latest research on polyvictimization and teach students one universal set of strategies (5 Safety Rules) to help adults protect them from all types of victimization.
PRACTICAL. The programs were developed WITH schools, not FOR schools, and make the best use of existing resources. This ensures schools have usable programs that will reach and protect children rather than sit on classroom shelves.
SUPPORTED. The programs are supported by national subject matter experts, state leaders, and agencies in the education and prevention fields including Erin Merryn of Erin’s Law, David Finkelhor, Ph.D., Director, Crimes Against Children Research Center, University of New Hampshire, and others. They are trusted by parents, schools, and administrators and loved by children. Learn more about our supporters and read feedback about our programs.
MBF Child Safety Matters® is an evidence-based curriculum for elementary school students in grades K-5 that is grounded in research, aligned with educational standards, and utilizes best practices in prevention program implementation. LEARN MORE
MBF Teen Safety Matters® is an evidence-informed curriculum for middle school students in grades 6-8 and for high school students in grades 9 – 12. It was developed based on the same theoretical knowledge and research best-practices as MBF Child Safety Matters. LEARN MORE
MBF Athlete Safety Matters® and MBF After-School Safety Matters™ are additional evidence-informed programs to better protect youth in settings outside of schools.
Our programs are currently being implemented in sites in the following states, as well as the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and South Korea.
MBF is committed to ongoing research to ensure the efficacy of our programs and strives to be transparent in our explanations of MBF programs’ efficacy or evidence base. Four independent research studies have examined the effectiveness of the MBF Child Safety Matters® program with positive results for both student knowledge gains and facilitator implementation fidelity. LEARN MORE
MBF offers additional resources at no cost to parents, educators, and other professionals and community members, including:
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 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.
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.