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Teen Safety Matters course presented to a classroom of middle school students

Teen Safety Matters course presented to a classroom of middle school students

Teen Safety Matters (TSM) is a comprehensive, evidence-based prevention education program for middle and high school students in grades 6-12. 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, sex trafficking, and digital dangers.

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.

It can be presented in two or three 45-minute lessons by trained facilitators in classrooms. Facilitators present turnkey scripts along with engaging, interactive PowerPoints including lecture, group discussion, skills-practice activities, videos, and games.

Lesson Plans include

1 – Emotional Safety

  • Social-emotional skills
  • Social awareness
  • Relationship skills
  • Peer pressure
  • Coping skills
  • Decision-making
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management
  • Safe Adults
  • Safety Rules

Lesson 2 – Physical Safety

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

Lesson 3 – Digital Safety

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

The teachers and I felt like the information presented in the program was developmentally-appropriate and very important for students. I really enjoyed the fact that the safety rules promoted conversation about various types of abuse given that many children are often unaware of the differences between appropriate and inappropriate behaviors (of themselves and others). I believe that having the knowledge of what behaviors are considered red flags will help to protect the students in our corporation from abuse/neglect.

— High school counselor

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Candace Balzano


Contact Candace Balzano,
Prevention Education Director
at 317-995-7140 or email [email protected]

Susie's Place - Avon, Bloomington, Terre Haute

Susie's Place – Avon, Bloomington, Terre Haute