MBF Teen Safety Matters

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.

Program Features and Benefits

  • Evidence-informed
  • Easy and practical for schools to implement
  • Developmentally appropriate for students in grades six through twelve
  • Based on polyvictimization research
  • Provides universal strategies to better protect adolescents, including five easy-to-remember Safety Rules
  • Educates teens, school staff, and parents
  • Provides practice and reinforcement of learned skills
  • Created, reviewed, and supported by experts
  • Trusted by parents and schools

Program Topics

Lesson 1 – Digital Safety

  • Cyberbullying
  • Digital abuse and safety
  • Digital self-awareness
  • Digital self-management
  • Digital citizenship

Lesson 2 – Physical/Emotional Safety

  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Neglect
  • Relationship abuse
  • Bullying
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexual assault
  • Human trafficking

PROGRAM Materials

For Facilitators

  • Curriculum Book with Facilitator Manual and Scripts
  • Flash Drive with classroom PowerPoints and other program materials
  • One-year subscription to password-protected facilitator site
  • Online Facilitator Training
  • Virtual Facilitator Guide
  • Facilitator Adaptation Guide for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

For Students

  • Class Notes Sheets for lessons
  • Home Learning Assignment
  • Student Resource Cards
  • Safe Adult Bookmarks (to share with their two Safe Adults)

For Parents/Safe Adults (also available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian-Creole, Chinese, French, & German)

  • Parent Welcome and Opt-Out Forms
  • Parent Information & Activity Sheets
  • Parent PowerPoint training

For Schools/Organizations

  • Pre- and post-tests to measure student learning
  • Staff PowerPoint training
  • Safety Rules Classroom Posters
  • Safety Rules School Banner


Nearpod Lessons

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:

Lesson 1

  • Mental Illness
  • Reducing Stigma
  • Mental Health and Wellness
  • Coping Skills and Resilience

Lesson 2

  • Substance Use/Abuse
  • The Effects of Drugs
  • Refusal Skills
  • Help and Resources

Lesson 3

  • Self-Harm
  • Suicide
  • Help and Resources

Program Overview

Classroom Lesson Previews

Please see the sample scripts and PowerPoints below to preview the classroom lessons. (Please note pages have been removed for preview.)

Pricing and Ordering

*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.

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.

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