For Immediate Release - January 07, 2011

D.A. Blodgett Continues His Efforts To Make Children Safer

Two Bullying Prevention Education Forums Planned for Parents and Professionals

Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett will host parents and professionals at two conferences which will address bullying, cyberbullying and other risky behaviors, in his continuing effort to make our children, schools and communities safer.

On Monday evening, February 28, from 7:00 - 8:30, will be held for parents involved with Parent-Teacher Organizations at the Peabody Marriott, 8A Centennial Drive, Peabody. Ms. Wiseman, who wrote "Queen Bees and Wannabees," which was the basis for the movie, "Mean Girls, is an internationally renowned author and lecturer. She also writes the monthly column, "Ask Rosalind," in Family Circle Magazine.

There is no cost to attend Monday evening's event, but space is limited and reservations are required. School districts are encouraged to send up to five parent representatives to this event.

On Tuesday, March 1, from 8:30 a.m. - noon, also at the Peabody Marriott, Ms. Wiseman will present a training session covering her highly-acclaimed for teachers, guidance counselors, health and physical education professionals, and school resource officers. It is a structured program designed to teach students to own up and take responsibility for unethical behavior, whether as perpetrators or bystanders.

The interactive sessions cover topics such as friendship, cliques, popularity, support systems, gossip, reputations, double standards, teasing, anger, bullying, sexual harassment, self-image, media, culture and cyberbullying. The "Owning Up" model has been used successfully with thousands of youth in schools and organizations, helping to create a climate of safety, respect and dignity.

The registration fee for that training is $50, and includes a copy of the "Owning Up Curriculum," continental breakfast and refreshments. To register or for further information please contact Ruth Budelmann, Mariellen Fidrych or Meghan Meagher at 978-745-6610, extensions 5086, 5085 or 5055 respectively.