MBF After-School Safety Matters® is a comprehensive, evidence-informed prevention education program for youth in grades K-8 in after-school programs and youth-serving organizations. The program teaches children and adults how to prevent, recognize, and respond appropriately to the four types of child abuse (physical, emotional, sexual, neglect), bullying, cyberbullying, and digital dangers. It is presented to youth in grade-level clusters (K-2, 3-5, and 6-8) with 6 topic-specific lessons (30 – 60 minutes each) by trained facilitators using a turnkey script. The lessons include lecture, group discussions, skills-practice activities, games, and crafts.
Lesson 1: The MBF 5 Safety Rules
Lesson 2: Bullying
Lesson 3: Cyberbullying
Lesson 4: Abuse
Lesson 5: Digital Safety
Lesson 6: Digital Citizenship
Additional reinforcement materials for parents, classrooms, and schools are also available.
FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS/SAFE ADULTS
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
Information and resources for parents/guardians, staff, volunteers, and other interested community members is available on the MBF website, www.mbfpreventioneducation.org.
A mobile app, “Child Safety Matters,” is available at no cost from the App Store or Google Play and teaches parents and professionals how to better protect youth.
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.
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.