Safer, Smarter Schools

The Lauren’s Kids Safer, Smarter Schools curriculum is a Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade personal safety and abuse prevention program developed by Lauren’s Kids, lifelong educators, sexual violence prevention experts, and developmental psychologists, with support and oversight from the Florida Department of Education and the University of Florida. Engaging videos and in-class activities enable all children to effectively learn critical safety strategies, no matter their learning style. A step-by-step facilitator’s guide, in person and online trainings, and parent letters are also components of this program.

View curriculum Scope & Sequence here

FLORIDA: This curriculum is free of charge for use in Florida’s public and charter schools and has been aligned to Florida’s new Mental Health Rule 6A-1.094121, F.A.C., Child Trafficking Prevention Rule 6A-1.094123, F.A.C., and Florida’s Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for easy integration into classroom academic areas.

Safer, Smarter Kids is our elementary school curriculum, with grade-level specific lessons for students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 covering topics including:

  • Safety awareness
  • Respecting yourself and others
  • Developing self esteem
  • Peer pressure
  • Bullying, cyberbullying
  • Assessing safe vs. unsafe situations
  • Understanding rules and responsibilities
  • Identifying and protecting body boundaries
  • Listening to a guiding voice
  • Accessing help and identifying trusted adults
  • Determining safe vs. unsafe touches
  • Safe vs. unsafe secrets
  • Staying safe online and on digital devices
  • Establishing personal power and influence

*The program also contains adaptions for students with special needs.

Learn more and view curriculum samples at SaferSmarterKids.org.

Safer, Smarter Teens is designed to be taught in middle and high school classrooms, and covers topics including:

  • Personal power and the balance of power in relationships
  • Physical and emotional boundaries
  • Fitting in, peer pressure
  • Grooming and secrets
  • Technology safety, cyberbullying
  • Healthy vs. unhealthy relationships
  • The issue of sexual abuse
  • Dating violence and harassment
  • Consent
  • Advocacy for yourself and others
  • Human trafficking
  • Mental health awareness and assistance
  • Healthy coping skills and substance abuse prevention
  • Fighting stigma
  • Accessing help and identifying trusted adults

Learn more and view curriculum samples at SaferSmarterTeens.org.

Lauren’s Kids offers Professional Development for Beginning Teachers and School Administrators. These 15-hour online, interactive, self-paced courses were developed by Lauren’s Kids and the University of Florida and are free for Florida public school educators. With focus on preventing, identifying, and reporting abuse, and how to create a safe school and classroom climate, educators who complete these module-based courses will receive a Certificate of Completion that can become a part of your district’s professional development requirements.

Visit SaferSmarterSchools.org to learn more and register.

Title I Parent Engagement

The Lauren’s Kids “Blueprint for Building Safer, Smarter Families” Activity Pack is an interactive resource for families to teach elementary school children the basics of personal safety and the strategies needed to prevent abuse – all from a place of fun, not fear. Adults receive their own “parent pack” to use with their child, while kids follow along in their own workbook complete with crossword puzzles, word searches, crafts, roleplay scenarios, games and other entertaining activities. The activities and lessons are grounded in concepts taught in the Safer, Smarter Kids curriculum. This resource is recommended for Title I Parent Engagement. Click here  to learn more or visit shop.laurenskids.org to order.