Child Safety Matters Video
MBF Child Safety Matters covers bullying, cyberbullying, four types of child abuse (physical, sexual, emotional and neglect), digital abuse, and other digital dangers in two classroom lessons ranging from 35-55 minutes (or in 4 shorter lessons). The program also provides reinforcement materials and activities for students, parents, and schools.
Students learn to identify Safe Adults, at a minimum, one in the home and one outside the home. Each student receives two Safe Adult Bookmarks to personalize and give to their Safe Adults to educate them regarding the 5 Safety Rules and how to protect the student if they come to them.
Education is essential to eradication. With the National Child Traumatic Stress Network stating that one out of every four children attending school has been, or will be, exposed to a traumatic event, prevention education is needed now more than ever before. Research shows that schools are the best place to implement prevention programs, and polyvictimization research supports using a comprehensive program with universal rules and strategies, applicable to all types of victimization, including child sexual abuse. Kristi House thanks the Monique Burr Foundation for their development and support of this vital program.
This program involves the family or other support systems in the individual's treatment: Personnel at the school where MBF Child Safety Matters is implemented are shown a PowerPoint presentation containing the information the students learn and are welcome to do the online training (see training section below).
For information on which materials are available in these languages, please check on the program's website or contact the program representative (contact information is listed at the bottom of this page).
This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.
Lessons should be presented anywhere from 1 to 6 weeks apart; however, they can be presented within any time frame appropriate for the classroom and allowed by teachers. The curriculum is intended to be presented every year with the content in grade-specific lessons increasing in complexity and reinforcing previously taught concepts as well.
The length of the lessons vary based on the grade level: Kindergarten – Two 35-minute lessons (or four 20-minute lessons); 1st Grade – Two 40-minute lessons (or four 20-minute lessons); 2nd Grade – Two 45-minute lessons (or four 25-minute lessons); 3rd Grade – Two 50-minute lessons (or four 25-minute lessons); 4th Grade – Two 55-minute lessons (or four 30-minute lessons); 5th Grade – Two 55-minute lessons (or four 30-minute lessons).