Prevention Programs As a result of Baldwin County School System’s partnership with CARE House, the school system is able able to provide the Safer, Smarter Kids and the Safer, Smarter Teens curriculum to students in grades K—12. Developed by Lauren Book, M.S.Ed., a child abuse survivor, child advocate and educator, and founder and CEO of the Lauren’s Kids Foundation, both the Safer, Smarter Kids and Safer, Smarter Teens curriculum is designed to provide critical safety information to children, parents, and teachers. The Safer, Smarter Kids curriculum (Grades K-5) follows a developmentally appropriate sequence of instruction for elementary school students, thereby helping children to develop skills to stay safe as their world expands. Each grade level program in the curriculum includes five to eight lessons that are designed for easy integration into the classroom. The curriculum is designed to empower elementary school-aged children to protect themselves in situations where someone could abuse them. Children are armed with protective principles and vocabulary to express their feelings and to talk to a trusted adult. The following safety topics are covered: Safety awareness\Respecting yourself and others\Developing self-esteem\Assessing safe vs. unsafe situations. Understanding rules and responsibilities\Identifying and protecting body boundaries\ Listening to a guiding voice\Accessing help and trusted adults\Determining safe vs. unsafe secrets\Determining safe vs. unsafe touches\Practicing cyber safety and digital citizenship\Establishing personal power and influence. The Safer, Smarter Teens curriculum (Grades 6-12) empowers middle and high school students to tap into their personal power and become advocates for change in their communities, while learning how to use their voices to better protect themselves and others. The curriculum includes five lessons that are designed for easy integration into the classroom. The middle school curriculum, which is entitled The Safer, Smarter Teens: Personal Power teaches students how to recognize danger and how to use their personal power to say “no,” get help, set boundaries, and become leaders. Middle school students learn about the warning signs of unsafe situations and what actions they can take to reduce risks, stay safe, and access help through scenario-based video lessons and in-class activities. The High School curriculum which is entitled " Safer, Smarter Teens: Be the Change" addresses the balance of power in relationships with personal safety issues, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and dating violence through real- life conversations with abuse survivors, law enforcement, educators, and experts. This curriculum will empower students to know what to do in an unsafe situation, who to turn to for help, and how to help a friend in need.
“TEACH (To Educate Adults and Children) Internet Safety” is a school-based and community-based internet safety program. It utilizes the NetSmartz prevention program. Children and adults are empowered with the knowledge to make informed decisions when surfing cyberspace, keeping them safe from online risks.