Dolly’s Dream launches cyber safety programs in Northern Territory schools

Kate and Tick Everett are bringing a new program to combat cyber-bullying to NT schools.

Dolly’s Dream, established by the Territory couple in the wake of their daughter’s death, has partnered with the Northern Territory Government and the Alannah & Madeline Foundation to deliver the Dolly’s Dream eSmart program.

It will be an expansion of a program delivered by the Alannah & Madeline Foundation in Victorian and Tasmanian government schools to give teachers, students and parents tools and support to implement cultural change around bullying and cyber-bullying.

The Dolly’s Dream eSmart program includes:

  • Delivery of the eSmart Digital Licence, an eight-module online safety tool for Grade 6 students, which helps to keep children and young people smart, safe and responsible online in engaging and fun ways.
  • Implementation of Dolly’s Dream eSmart framework for 10 schools in up to two high priority regions in select schools. The eSmart framework guides school communities to improve cyber safety, increase digital literacy and reduce cyber bullying.
  • Two parent, teacher and student Dolly’s Dream Connect workshops for 50 select NT Government schools in identified high priority regions. Dolly’s Dream Connect workshops inform schools, students, parents and communities about cyber safety and bullying, and its impact on children and young people.
  • Expansion of Dolly’s Dream workshops delivered to the Darwin and Katherine based STARS Foundation. Since 2016, the Alannah & Madeline Foundation has been helping STARS deliver eSmart Digital Licence to 500 girls between Years 7 and 12 in Darwin and Katherine. The objective is to educate vulnerable young Aboriginal girls to be safe and responsible online and to train STARS mentors to deal with online problems.

The Northern Territory Government has contributed $160,000 to the Dolly’s Dream eSmart program, with a further $80,000 coming from Dolly’s Dream.

Kate and Tick Everett said they were delighted to work with the Northern Territory Government to ensure that Territory schools and school communities are safe places for children.

 “The Dolly’s Dream eSmart tools work with schools to change their culture around bullying and online safety,” they said.

“The eSmart Digital Licence and eSmart Schools programs help to reduce cyber bullying and bullying and work to ensure students become smart, safe and responsible online.”