Dolly’s Dream in Mt Isa

Kate Everett (pictured above with Kate MISOTA principal Janeen Fricke and Deputy Principal Nikki Barlow) and Dolly’s Dream returned to Mt Isa last month. Dolly Everett was a student at the Mt Isa School of the Air between 2009-12. The team were there to give bullying information sessions to students, parents, carers and teachers.

The sessions were held via the School of the Air, as well as some face-to-face workshops.

While students should embrace all the great things that technology brings, in these sessions they are also made aware of the risks that come with them.

For young people, the current main risks are cyber bullying and bullying, image-based abuse and sexting, offensive or illegal content, as well as unwanted contact.

Below we’ve included some great advice for students when they experience any of the above.

  • Know the school process – who they can talk to and what will be done.
  • Talk to someone you trust straight away, such as a parent, sibling, teacher, friend, or contact Kids Helpline.
  • Don’t retaliate or respond, as this may make it worse.
  • Block and report, and start with reporting on the social media service.
  • Change your privacy settings.
  • Collect evidence – screen shots etc.
  • Don’t blame yourself – and whatever you do, don’t try to deal with it alone.

Find more helpful tips like these on our Resources page.

School of the Air Conference

Also in Mt Isa was the School of the Air Conference, where Kate Everett spoke on day one to parents and governesses, and Dolly’s Dream facilitator Judi Fallon spoke on day two.

More than 90 families attended.

Kate Everett’s emotional speech covered the progress of Dolly’s Dream since it started. She spoke of the work we’re doing, including delivering information to communities on bullying, and plans for how we can help stop it and change people’s attitude through education.

Judi followed up with information about what parents can do if their kid is being bullied, the signs to look for – and how they can help.

With so many kids living remotely, they don’t have daily face-to-face contact with other students, and for many, it’s not until they’re at boarding school that bullying can start. As a result, that information about how parents and governesses can help kids deal with bullying – at a time when they’re away from their support network – is so important.

These kids might be miles from anywhere, but they can still get support.