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Nearly 400 parents, students, educators and law enforcement personnel attended the Hit Me On My Cell: It’s Time To Talk forum at Saxe Middle School on Dec. 3. Planned to coincide with the national It’s Time To Talk Day, the forum explored the issue of the rise of digital abuse among teens and tweens, pointed out danger signs to look for that such abuse is occurring and suggested steps that parents, teachers and other adult mentors can take to start addressing the problem. Former NBC Nightly News weekend anchor John Seigenthaler moderated a panel of four presenters, including Sgt. Matt Brodacki, a digital expert with the Weston Police Department; Susan Delaney, Director of PeaceWorks at the DVCC; Tony Pavia, Principal of New Canaan High School; and “Mary”, a survivor of dating abuse. Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal was a guest speaker and focused on the legal issues surrounding technology and abuse. Members of the New Canaan Partnership, the New Canaan Youth Adult Partnership Board, the Darien, Wilton, Weston and Westport Task Forces and Teen PeaceWorks groups in Darien, Stamford, Weston and Wilton devoted countless hours over the last few months to make this a very successful and thought-provoking program. Thank you!