MBF Athlete Safety Matters®is a comprehensive, evidence-informed curriculum that educates and empowers youth athletes with information and strategies to prevent, recognize, and respond appropriately to bullying, cyberbullying, all types of abuse, and digital dangers. The program is presented to youth athletes clustered by grade level (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12), in two comprehensive lessons that are approximately 45-55 minutes each – or it can be presented in four shorter lessons. Trained facilitators can easily present the lessons in any venue using turnkey scripts along with engaging, interactive PowerPoints including lecture, group discussion, skills-practice activities, videos, and games.
Program Features and Benefits:
Easy and practical for clubs/programs to implement
Developmentally appropriate for youth athletes
Based on Polyvictimization research
Provides universal strategies to better protect children, including five easy-to-remember Safety Rules
Educates children, coaches, staff, volunteers, and parents
Provides practice and reinforcement of learned skills
Created, reviewed, and supported by experts
Trusted by parents and other adults
Shared responsibility for safety
Types of abuse
Digital safety tips
Additional reinforcement materials are also available with the program.
Curriculum Book with Facilitator Manual and Lesson Scripts
Flash Drive with PowerPoints and other program materials
Three-year subscription to password-protected facilitator site
*Materials are provided at no cost to Florida public schools and organizations partnering with
Florida public schools through a generous appropriation from the Florida Office of the Attorney General.
To order materials for Florida public schools, please click here.
What They're Saying...
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.
David Finkelhor, Ph.D.
Crimes Against Children Research Center
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
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.