Teach kids
refusal skills for
digital dangers.

Offer your students an engaging, video-based curriculum to keep them safe from cyber-bullying, pornography and internet addiction. Brain Defense arms kids with safe technology habits to protect their growing minds.

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We offer plans tailored for the needs of homeschoolers, families, single classrooms, and schools. For a limited time, we are offering special introductory pricing.

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Features

Features a full year of fun and flexible lessons

Brain Defense provides 5 main lessons with 11 engaging instructional videos, 10 Continue the Conversation videos and prompts, a clearly organized Instruction Manual, colorful “Brain Book” workbooks, and Home Connection letters to involve parents, and much more! It’s a turnkey solution for teachers--a comfortable way to teach serious topics.

Presented by positive teens who model good digital citizenship

The “Brain Gang” are a group of 6 nerdy (but cool!) teens who love teaching younger kids how be good digital citizens and protect their brains from screen addictions, pornography and cyberbullying. They are relatable, funny and make a motivating impact on students.

“Love, love, love it!” Enthusiastic testimonials

Educators, administrators, parents and students all give high praise for Brain Defense: Digital Safety.

Designed using prevention research

The educational methodology used in Brain Defense Digital Safety implements best practices gleaned from 40 years of prevention science research. Short video-based lessons, engaging workbooks with journaling opportunities, and role plays with parents. All based on proven principles to reduce risky behavior in youth.

Fully tested in pilot schools

Teachers in schools throughout the United States tested Brain Defense lessons in actual classrooms. Their praise validated our content and methodology. Their feedback supercharged Brain Defense into a game-changer prevention tool.

Meets national standards

Brain Defense was designed to meet International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards and includes ELA and STEM supplemental activities to support national educational standards.

Engages and supports parents

Prevention science teaches that kids need opportunities to apply what they’ve learned in class. Brain Defense provides parents and caregivers with discussion questions and role plays for each lesson to continue crucial conversations at home. And we’ll keep helping families with our Parent Support website at Protect Young Minds. You don’t need to do this alone.

Testimonials

What people are saying

Thanks for fighting back!

"Thank you for this! It’s so needed for our youth in these days! God bless you for the work you are doing! I would like to see schools across the country implement this to counteract the modern day scourge of pornography. Thank you for fighting back!"


Grace, Utah

Wonderful!

"It is a wonderful curriculum! I hope that more parents and children could receive this knowledge to help their families."


Cheryl, Utah

Loved fact-based curriculum

"I love that the curriculum is fact-based and delivered in a matter-of-fact manner."


Deanna Rowen, Utah

Spurs much-needed convos

"Parents are desperate for concepts and language like this to help their children. They would benefit so much from this program - and I think it would spur much needed conversations between parents and children."


Jenet Erickson

Love-love-love!

"I love-love-LOVE that you are bravely bringing this information and attention to students (and parents). It’s a significant set of lessons and I like these discussions with him at home, too."


Parent of a 4th grader

Awesome...Not weird

"This is awesome because it helps parents bring up these topics without coming off weird and random to kids."


Parent of a 4th grader

THANK YOU!

"THANK YOU for bringing this information to the kids and helping us continue these conversations at home."


Bain Haberly, Kansas

Students need strategies

"It is critical for kids and parents to talk about this subject. I think that the kids need some more strategies about how to deal with pornography when they come across it."


Parent of a 4th grader

Vital to teach each year

"Vital for all students to have this course each year as part of their curriculum."


Parent from Utah

Thanks for fighting back!

"Thank you for this! It’s so needed for our youth in these days! God bless you for the work you are doing! I would like to see schools across the country implement this to counteract the modern day scourge of pornography. Thank you for fighting back!"


Grace, Utah

Wonderful!

"It is a wonderful curriculum! I hope that more parents and children could receive this knowledge to help their families."


Cheryl, Utah

Loved fact-based curriculum

"I love that the curriculum is fact-based and delivered in a matter-of-fact manner."


Deanna Rowen, Utah

Spurs much-needed convos

"Parents are desperate for concepts and language like this to help their children. They would benefit so much from this program - and I think it would spur much needed conversations between parents and children."


Jenet Erickson

Love-love-love!

"I love-love-LOVE that you are bravely bringing this information and attention to students (and parents). It’s a significant set of lessons and I like these discussions with him at home, too."


Parent of a 4th grader

Awesome...Not weird

"This is awesome because it helps parents bring up these topics without coming off weird and random to kids."


Parent of a 4th grader
Our Team

The brains behind Brain Defense™

Brain Defense Team - Kristen A. Jenson, MA
Kristen A. Jenson, MA
CEO & Executive Producer
Brain Defense Team - Kristen A. Jenson, MA
Kristen A. Jenson, MA
CEO & Executive Producer
Kristen A. Jenson is the author of the best-selling Good Pictures Bad Pictures series of read-aloud books. She is the founder of Protect Young Minds, an organization dedicated to helping parents empower their kids with tools to resist and reject pornography including the new Brain Defense™ Digital Safety curriculum for elementary students. Kristen is an active member in the Safeguard Alliance of the National Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation and has testified before the Washington State Senate Law and Justice Committee on the public health crisis of pornography. She is a popular guest across a variety of media platforms as she speaks up for protecting children from all forms of sexual exploitation. Kristen earned a B.A. in English Literature and an M.A. in Organizational Communication.
Brain Defense Team - Jill Geigle, M. Ed.
Jill Geigle, M. Ed.
Curriculum Developer
Brain Defense Team - Jill Geigle, M. Ed.
Jill Geigle, M. Ed.
Curriculum Developer
Jill Geigle founded the Arizona Family Council over 12 years ago to help parents and kids stay safe on technology. As a speaker and educator, she has worked locally, nationally, and internationally to help government, schools, and families successfully integrate safe technology lifestyles. Her true passion is teaching children how to thrive while they use technology. She and her husband work hard to teach their own eight children to use technology in smart and safe ways. She has a bachelor's degree in communications and a Masters of Education specializing in Curriculum from Columbia International University.
Brain Defense Team - Evan MacDonald
Evan MacDonald
Video Director
Brain Defense Team - Evan MacDonald
Evan MacDonald
Video Director
Evan MacDonald is a designer and director with over 10 years of experience working with brands large and small including Nike, Gatorade, NBC Universal Studios, Panasonic, Microsoft, and many others. Evan has a passion for typography, branding, content, and storytelling. Evan along with his wife and four daughters enjoy traveling and living in far-off lands.
Brain Defense Team - James Best, MFA
James Best, MFA
Scriptwriter
Brain Defense Team - James Best, MFA
James Best, MFA
Scriptwriter
James Best is an Emmy nominated television writer living in New York City. His first TV gig was writing twitter and webseries for 30 Rock. From there he wrote for VH1, Billy on the Street, and Nickelodeon's comedy/mystery show Welcome to the Wayne. Currently, he's developing comedy and animation pilots for studios in LA and writing sketches for the reboot of Studio C. But that's just what everyone does with a Master's in Poetry from NYU
Brain Defense Team - Bianca Noah
Bianca Noah
Curriculum Coordinator
Brain Defense Team - Bianca Noah
Bianca Noah
Curriculum Coordinator
Bianca Noah is a Curriculum Coordinator for Protect Young Minds and is passionate about educating parents and children about the dangers of the digital world. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Finance and a minor in Economics. She lives in Washington with her husband and seven children. Whenever she can find a free moment she enjoys running and reading a good book.
Brain Defense Team - Joanna Gurr
Joanna Gurr
Research Assistant
Brain Defense Team - Joanna Gurr
Joanna Gurr
Research Assistant
Joanna Gurr is graduating from Brigham Young University with a degree in Human Development and Communications, with an emphasis in research, writing, and presentation. Joanna is involved in both qualitative and quantitative research regarding healthy sexuality, safe technology use, and educating children about the dangers of pornography. As an Arizona native, she enjoys the sunny outdoors and being with friends and family.
Brain Defense Team - Hannah Ungricht
Hannah Ungricht
Designer
Brain Defense Team - Hannah Ungricht
Hannah Ungricht
Designer
Hannah Ungricht works as a freelance graphic designer in Washington. She has a Bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University-Idaho and has worked with Protect Young Minds since 2016. She loves to use what she has learned there with her own family. Her greatest joys are being a wife, a mother to 2 beautiful children and 1 adorable puppy, and spending her evenings sipping on diet coke.
Brain Defense Team - Francisco Caballero
Francisco Caballero
Software Engineer
Brain Defense Team - Francisco Caballero
Francisco Caballero
Software Engineer
Francisco Caballero is the Web Developer at Protect Young Minds and Product Engineer of the Brain Defense Digital Safety Curriculm™ . He is a Software Engineer, with more than 14 years of experience building products in startups and distributed teams. Francisco is motivated to work with multidisciplinary teams at fast-paced environments, making customer-oriented decisions. He is passionate about collaborating, mentoring and personal development as the key to successful work/life balance.
FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Brain Defense: Digital Safety?

It is a research-based curriculum that teaches children skills to manage technology and defend their brains from harmful technology use and content. It is presented in 5 simple video lessons by the Brain Gang, a group of older teens that use tech in smart and safe ways. The goal of this curriculum is to help students gain a disposition of technology safety and awareness and open the lines of communication between teachers, parents, and students to create safe and supportive classrooms and homes.

Who created Brain Defense: Digital Safety?

Best-selling author of Good Pictures Bad Pictures and founder of child technology safety company, Protect Young Minds, Kristen A. Jenson, MA. Along with education and curriculum development specialist Jill F. Geigle M. Ed., and a team of research, development, and education specialists.

Who should use Brain Defense: Digital Safety?

Public schools, private schools, home schools, religious schools and families with children in 4-6th grades. In fact, there are specific supplements for religious schools, homeschools, and families created by experts to enhance and support Brain Defense for the different needs of different groups.

Why does my school or my family need Brain Defense?

Because we give children technology to use for everything from school work to entertainment, we have a duty of care to teach them how to use it safely. Studies show that harmful technology use can affect a growing brain. Brain Defense solves these problems in your school and family by addressing hard topics like cyberbullying, pornography, screen time, honesty, and many more issues in comfortable conversations. It helps students gain a disposition of technology safety and awareness, something that will transfer in and out of the classroom.

I have so much to do, how can I prepare and teach one more thing?!

We hear you! That’s why we made Brain Defense: Digital Safety as easy and comfortable as reading a short script and pushing play for the video to begin. Everything about Brain Defense has been designed to solve problems for educators and parents, not add to their already overwhelming burden.

What does Brain Defense include?

The best part about Brain Defense is that you get to customize it for your needs. Every plan includes 11-21 videos featuring the Brain Gang, an instruction manual, parent support webpage, and Brain Books for the students. Then depending on the needs of your school, classroom, or family you can add family, religious supplements, policy support for schools, short Continue the Conversation videos to play throughout the year to support the curriculum, and more.

Can I Share Brain Defense in an online meeting?

Yes and no. It depends on the plan you purchased and if you do it according to our Licensing Agreement. For example, if you purchased a Family/Homeschool plan, you can only share it in an online meeting with members of your household. If you purchased a Classroom plan, you can share it with up to 40 students of a previously organized class or coop. This license does not allow you to charge a per student admission fee. Brain Defense is designed to teach students healthy tech habits, and to engage teachers, school counselors, religious leaders and parents in supportive discussions. That can’t happen in a “one and done” class taught by a stranger.
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