New York Times bestselling author and bullying survivor turned activist Jodee Blanco will deliver a bullying survival and prevention seminar to the community on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Halifax County Middle School.

The event is free and open to the public.

Families, including both parents and children, are encouraged to attend.

At a time when bullying has become a serious national epidemic, preventing an estimated 160,000 children from attending school every day, Halifax County Middle School is taking proactive measures to combat this important issue.

The 90-minute family seminar and workshop will include: Jodee’s story of struggle as the target of severe school bullying, as well as what her parents and teachers did that helped; what didn’t help and why; and insights from the thousands of students she has worked with across the nation.

She plans to provide specific, practical advice for adults on how to intervene with a victim, bully or bystander, from the rare point of view of someone who’s lived through it.

The seminar and workshop also will include insights into the plight of the “adult survivor of peer abuse” and suggestions on how to overcome those open wounds from the past.

Families are encouraged to attend and have the opportunity to speak with Blanco following the presentation.

Blanco is the author of multiple books on bullying, including the seminal New York Times bestseller “Please Stop Laughing At Me…,” a required reading in many middle and high schools across the country.

She travels to schools, sharing her story to save lives, and has spoken to over 500,000 people worldwide.

CBS Evening News and USA Today have featured her story, and she also has been acknowledged by CNN and The Huff Post.

Considered one of the pre-eminent experts on school bullying, she’s a regular commentator for both national broadcast and cable networks on bullying related breaking news, and her life story has been featured in hundreds of newspapers in the U.S. and abroad.