Features and Benefits

Based on Research

  • Developmentally appropriate
  • Uses active learning strategies and reinforcement materials
  • Comprehensive in content and audience
  • Puts polyvictimization research into practice, teaching universal rules and strategies

Practical for Schools

  • Easy to implement with just two lessons per class in Kindergarten through Grade 6
  • Uses a standardized curriculum with facilitator script and classroom PowerPoint presentation
  • Certified facilitators are trained prior to implementing program in classrooms

Helps Schools/Districts Meet Statute/Policy Requirements

  • Helps schools meet state and district abuse, bullying, and cyberbullying prevention and education mandates such as the Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for All Students Act and Chapter 39 Statute in Florida
  • Reinforces many Common Core Education Standards and National Health Education Standards, as well as Florida Education Standards and Florida Health Education Standards, to help schools meet Required Instruction Statutes

5 Safety Rules

Step 1  Safety Rule #1 - Know What’s Up.

The first thing kids and adults can do to help adults keep them safe is to Know What’s Up. This means kids know how to dial 911, they know the safety procedures at home and at school, know their personal information, and know their family password if they have one. Adults Know What’s Up by understanding the dangers to kids and how they can help keep them safe.

Step 2  Safety Rule #2 - Spot Red Flags.

Spotting Red Flags means that kids and adults can see the warning signs that might alert them that a situation is not safe. Red Flags are clues that they, or someone they know, might be in danger.

Step 3  Safety Rule #3 - Make a Move.

When kids find themselves in an unsafe situation, it can help to know that they have choices to help them be safe. Kids can Make a Move, such as Get Away or Stay Away, to help keep them safe. Adults can also use Safety Rule #3 to Make a Move on behalf of kids, such as making a report, to help keep them safe.

Step 4  Safety Rule #4 - Talk It Up.

Kids and adults can Talk It Up. They can talk to safe adults and each other when they are faced with an unsafe situation, need help, or to stand up to someone harming others. Kids can also use Safety Rule #4 to use their voice to say no to harmful touches or bullying.

Step 5  Safety Rule #5 - No Blame | No Shame.

Safety Rule #5 tells kids there is No Blame | No Shame if something bad happens to them. It also tells them if they have been hurt in the past and didn’t tell, it’s still okay to tell. Safety Rule #5 tells adults if a child has been hurt, they are not to blame and there is no shame in seeking help.

Program Materials

The MBF Child Safety Matters™ curriculum is provided to Certified Facilitators on a flash drive and is updated each year based on facilitator feedback and research reviews.

Certified Facilitators provide two age and developmentally appropriate Safety Lessons to each classroom. The Safety Scripts and Safety Lesson PowerPoint presentations are included on the Facilitator Flash Drive and include information and fun and engaging videos, games, and activities for students.

Safety Lesson 1 introduces the topics of:

  • Safety awareness
  • Shared responsibility for safety
  • Safe adults
  • Types of abuse
  • Red flags
  • The 5 Safety Rules

Safety Lesson 2 introduces the topics of:

  • Bullying
  • Cyberbullying
  • Digital abuse
  • Digital safety tips
  • Digital citizenship
  • The 5 Safety Rules

Additional reinforcement materials for parents, classrooms, and schools are shipped directly to the school once a Certified Facilitator places an order, or are available on the Facilitator flash drive.

Materials for Students include: 

  • Pencil (All Grades)
  • Sticker (Kindergarten & Grade 1)
  • Backpack tag (Grade 2)
  • Pencil Pouch (Grade 3)
  • Wristband (Grade 4)
  • Pen/Stylus (Grade 5 & 6)
  • Pen/Highlighter Combo (Grade 6)

Materials for Parents / Safe Adults include:

  • Safety Connection: Parent Welcome & Opt-Out
  • Safety Connection: Parent Information & Reinforcement Activities (Lesson 1 & 2)
  • Safety Connection: Discussing Sensitive Topics
  • Parents Safety Presentation Invitation
  • 5 Safety Rules Magnet
  • Safe Adult Bookmarks

Materials for Classrooms / Schools include:

  • Safety Checks (Pre and Post tests)
  • Safety Support Sheets (Classroom reinforcement materials)
  • 5 Safety Rules posters for classrooms
  • 5 Safety Rules banner for school
  • Staff Professional Development Invitation
  • Safety Briefs for teachers, administrators, and school and PTA members

Additional Materials are included and can be downloaded here:


Facilitator Training Options

The facilitator training course is appropriate for anyone not previously trained in MBF Child Safety Matters™ who plans to implement the program in the classroom, or anyone who wants professional development training.

Live Facilitator Training (3 hours)
Live, instructor-led, certified facilitator training for a group.

Online Facilitator Course (2 hours)
Individual, self-paced, certified facilitator training taken via an online learning course. Trainees can register and move through the online course at their own pace.

Online Facilitator Update (15 minutes)
The online facilitator update training is appropriate for all previously trained facilitators who want to learn about program updates and current materials. Facilitators can view it at their convenience here.

For more information about training opportunities contact Stacy Pendarvis, MSW, MA, Program Director, at or 904-562-1845.

Parent Involvement

A goal of  the MBF Child Safety Matters™ program is to keep parents the authority in their child’s life where matters of safety are concerned.

Parents should be provided with the program’s Safety Connection materials, including the provided welcome letter with program information and optional opt-out form prior to their child’s participation.  They should also receive provided reinforcement materials, and information sheets after each of the two classroom lessons, including activities to do with their child, empowering and educating them to better protect their children.

Schools should consider offering additional information and the opportunity to view the entire curriculum during a parent education night or event.  Materials such as a Parent Safety Presentation  Invitation and a Safety Matters Information PowerPoint are provided to Certified Facilitators to easily and effectively provide such parent education.

Should a school need additional information or support, they may contact the Monique Burr Foundation at or 904-642-0210.