Teen Safety Matters

Prevention education for teens and youth

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.

What is Teen Safety Matters?

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.

A different course for children is available called Child Safety Matters.

What’s included in Teen Safety Matters?

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
  • Activities
  • Group discussion
  • Videos
  • Skills-practice activities
  • Games

Program topics include the following from these 2 lessons

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
  • Sex trafficking
  • Sexual assault

All programs are based in evidence and research

Two independent research studies have examined the effectiveness of the program with positive results for both student knowledge gains and facilitator implementation fidelity.

What educators are saying

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

Meet our child safety education team

Candace Balzano

Candace Balzano

Education and Outreach Program Manager

Amanda Yarde

Amanda Yarde

Education and Outreach Program Coordinator

Sharon Tufano

Sharon Tufano

Education and Outreach Administrative Coordinator

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