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 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

Certified Facilitators provide two age and developmentally appropriate Safety Lessons to each classroom using standardized Safety Scripts and Safety Lesson PowerPoint presentations which 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 also included with the program.

  • Backpack tags
  • Temporary Tattoos
  • 5 Safety Rules Magnets
  • Pen/Highlighter Combos
  • Student Coloring Bookmarks and colored pencils
  • Safety Connection: Parent Welcome & Opt-Out Forms
  • Safety Connection: Parent Information & Reinforcement Activities
  • Safe Adult Bookmarks
  • Safety Checks: Classroom pre- and post-tests
  • Safety Support Sheets: Classroom reinforcement activities
  • 5 Safety Rules posters for classrooms
  • 5 Safety Rules banner for school
  • Safety Briefs for teachers, administrators, and school and PTA members

Additional Materials are included with the program and can be downloaded here by parents:

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.

Through the program’s Safety Connection materials, parents receive a welcome letter with program information and an optional opt-out form prior to their child’s participation.  They also receive 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.

If desired, parents may view the entire curriculum at their child’s school, and may also contact the Monique Burr Foundation with any additional questions about the program at or 904-642-0210.