Monique Burr Foundation’s child abuse curriculum is helping kids across the country
MBF offers courses on abuse, cyberbullying, exploitation, trafficking, digital abuse, and other digital dangers children face.

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The foundation's Child Safety Matters curriculum is helping kids in New York.

The Monique Burr Foundation is known in Florida, but schools in other states are increasingly finding the organization’s anti-bullying and abuse-awareness education is a useful tool for helping students process abuse events and learn how to prevent them from happening in the future.

MBF offers courses on abuse, cyberbullying, exploitation, trafficking, digital abuse, and other digital dangers children face. The curriculum provides children and adults information and strategies to prevent, recognize, and respond to abuse.

Recently, an elementary school in New York began using MBF’s curriculum which helped a young student understand that he had been abused by the school’s principal. The curriculum gave him the words to tell his mother what had happened, leading to the principal being arrested and charged with sexually abusing students.

According to reports, prosecutors say the nine victims, all boys, were between the ages of 9 and 12. The abuse could go back decades, they said.

Without the Monique Burr Foundation’s curriculum, it may not have been discovered and the principal could have continued harming children.

Deb Rosen, Executive Director of Bivona Child Advocacy Center in New York, praised the Florida-based organization’s “Child Safety Matters” curriculum.

“This is a well-researched evidence-informed curriculum that teaches children fundamentally about how to keep themselves safe. It teaches them about body safety it teaches them about trusted adults, and it teaches them about what to do if somebody is making them feel uncomfortable or unsafe,” she said.

“We provide the curriculum for children, beginning in kindergarten all the way through eighth grade, and the lessons developmentally sort of appropriate so the key messages the key messages about safety and body autonomy remain the same but they are expressed in language that’s appropriate to the to the age of the child.”

In Florida, the Monique Burr Foundation’s curriculum is available in all school districts thanks to a contract it has through the Attorney General’s Office.

As the pandemic shut down schools last year, MBF was able to quickly pivot and make its courses accessible online. The move came as experts warned that school closures could, unfortunately, subject some children living in abusive environments to more abuse.

Peter Schorsch

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including Florida Politics and Orlando Rising and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Schorsch is also publisher of INFLUENCE Magazine. For several years, Peter's blog was ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.


One comment

  • tjb

    April 19, 2021 at 10:07 am

    Child Rescue Coalition, a Boca Raton charity, provides law enforcement with a web-based investigative tool to identify and locate suspects preying on children on the dark web. This system has directly aided in the arrest and conviction of 13,000+ individuals. Organizations such as Laurens Kids, Monique Burr Foundation for Children, and Child Rescue Coalition are helping to make Florida safer for our youngest.

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