MBF Teen Safety Matters® is a comprehensive, evidence-informed prevention education program for middle school students in grades 6-8 and high-school students in grades 9-12.
The program educates and empowers teens and all relevant adults with information and strategies to prevent, recognize, and respond appropriately to bullying, cyberbullying, all types of abuse, relationship abuse, digital dangers, exploitation, and human trafficking.
The program was developed WITH schools, not FOR schools, to make the best use of existing resources and ensure schools have effective programs that are easy to implement. Trained facilitators present in classrooms using turnkey scripts along with engaging, interactive PowerPoints that include lecture, group discussion, skills-practice activities, videos, and games.
MBF Teen Safety Matters – Middle School Edition consists of two 55-minute lessons (or four shorter lessons) presented to students in individual classrooms in each grade, 6-8. MBF Teen Safety Matters – High School Edition consists of two 55-minute lessons (or four shorter lessons) presented to students in grades 9 – 12 together, allowing for use in blended grade classrooms.
Lesson 1 – Digital Safety
Lesson 2 – Physical/Emotional Safety
For Parents/Safe Adults (also available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian-Creole, Chinese, French, & German)
TSM lessons are alternatively available as Nearpod lessons to present to students in person, remotely, or hybrid (some students in person/some remote) when students are using individual devices. Learn more here.
Mental Health/Substance Abuse Lessons
Supplemental Mental Health/Substance Abuse Lessons are available to support MBF Teen Safety Matters. Learn more here.
Topics covered include:
Please see the sample scripts and PowerPoints below to preview the classroom lessons. (Please note pages have been removed for preview.)
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.
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.