Why Your Child Needs Personal Safety Education…

Parents and guardians often wonder if they should allow their children to attend MBF lessons. Some fear they will be exposed to topics too advanced for them. Others fear being exposed to these topics will take away their child’s innocence. But education doesn’t take away a child’s innocence, experiences do. And our programs are designed to prevent those very experiences.

Here is why your child needs personal safety education:

  1. The odds of becoming a victim are not in their favor. There are 76 million children in the U.S. and 46 million of them will be victimized in some way before age 18.
  2. The programs are age- and developmentally appropriate. They are fun and interactive, not dark and scary. Topics are presented in an informative manner without being explicit or graphic.
  3. This is not sex education; it is personal safety education.
  4. They will learn the MBF 5 Safety Rules© that will help them recognize unsafe situations and people and know how to respond to help them stay safe.
  5. They learn how to use the Safety Rules to help with: abuse, bullying, cyberbullying, digital dangers, exploitation, and trafficking; all very real threats for kids today.

We understand as a parent or guardian you want your child to be safe but that you may also have concerns about what they will learn in MBF Programs. As parents ourselves, we want you to know we understand your concerns and value your role in your child’s life. MBF involves parents/guardians through take-home program materials and by providing a variety of additional resources to educate and empower you as well.

MBF Prevention Education Programs

  • Have been presented to more than 10 million students throughout the United States and in 6 additional countries.
  • Are supported and trusted by parents, educators, and experts in the education and child abuse prevention fields.
  • Are age- and developmentally appropriate, as well as fun and engaging for children and teens.

Learn more about each program by clicking below! 

And they work…

  • MBF Prevention Education Programs were developed based on the latest research and prevention best practices.
  • MBF Child Safety Matters® has been found to be a quality and effective program by four independent research studies; other MBF programs are based on the same theoretical concepts and the same best practice prevention strategies ensuring their effectiveness.
  • Research has shown that educating and empowering children with lasting knowledge and personal safety skills, self-confidence, communication strategies, and assertive response skills may decrease the likelihood that they will be victimized by:
    • improving their ability to recognize and respond safely to dangerous situations.
    • increasing their ability to resist potential offenders.
    • deterring offenders who look for and prey on vulnerable children.
    • improving their communication with safe adults.
    • increasing the likelihood they will communicate with safe adults about unsafe situations.

Here’s what others are saying:

“I am infinitely grateful for the proactiveness of the programs. At different ages and stages, our daughter has been provided helpful tools for unforeseen situations. She continues to use the language and has been prepared for situations in middle school, after-school activities, and even when messaging with friends. When in doubt, she defers back to the Safety Rules for choices she is faced with every single day and continues to rely on Safe Adults when things feel bigger than she is comfortable handling on her own.”

Katherine D. – Parent
Jacksonville, FL

“The material presented in the MBF lessons is excellent, relevant and the most detailed I have ever seen for children and teens! The students I present to (Kindergarten to 12th grade) are all responsive, interactive, and engaged with the material presented. Many of my elementary students continue to show me the Safety Rules motions in the hallway and cafeteria! They remember and look forward to these presentations in the classroom. MBF is an incredible organization, and I am proud to share this information with students.”

Nicole W. – Certified Facilitator
Columbia County School District

“We know that perpetrators of abuse respond to children saying “NO” and “STOP”. Thus, to teach a child that it is okay to say “NO” in uncomfortable or uncertain situations – one of the tenants of the MBF Child Safety Matters® program – could be the difference between victimization and not.”

Melissa A. Bright, PhD – Assistant Research Scientist
University of Florida

“I have been searching for 10 actual years to find a prevention education program that is modern and research-based.  Up until MBF, I had ZERO luck and was forced to create my own curriculum.  Having used MBF lessons this school year in the fall, I have already seen a HUGE difference in how our kids communicate and approach safe adults to share.”

Teri C. – Certified Facilitator
Barclay School Brockport Central School District

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.

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.

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