Battling Bullying

altSANTA CRUZ > Screening of documentary Bully and accompanying workshop to be held at the Del Mar Theatre

A special screening of the documentary Bully will take place at the Del Mar Theatre on Tuesday, April 24 at 11:30 a.m. A free parenting workshop on handling bullying issues will follow from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Both the screening and the workshop are courtesy of a partnership between the Del Mar Theatre and the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P).

Tripe P is a local parent education program through First 5 Santa Cruz County that offers free workshops, seminars, and group and individual consultations in both English and Spanish. The program was established two years ago to promote healthier, stronger families locally. (You can read more about the program in this previous GT blog.)

The workshop will be led by local Chris O’Halloran, an accredited practitioner with years of experience in parent education, and will cover topics ranging from recognizing different forms of bullying to handling situations where bullying is taking place.

Bully was recently bumped down from an R (for language) rating to a more accessible PG-13 rating by the Motion Picture Association of America, after considerable pressure from anti-bullying advocacy groups and the film’s creators. Parents comfortable with a little bit of harsh language should feel free to bring their school-age children along. The rating change also means that the film can now be freely shown in high schools—a target audience given the documentary’s content.

Matinee prices will apply for the screening. To register for the workshop, contact Chris O’Halloran at 818-9664 or [email protected], or visit the First 5 website.

Watch the trailer for Bully here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1g9RV9OKhg

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