Take the pledge to stay safe and be kind online

Anti-bullying initiative Dolly’s Dream is calling on parents to help their children pledge to be kind and stay safe online with the newly released DigiPledge.

The DigiPledge is a quiz designed to teach kids to make the best choices when they’re online, and to think about their actions and what they see.

Parents and carers can learn alongside their children using real-life examples about how to stay safe.

Consisting of eight modules of fun questions, the DigiPledge ends with a pledge for teens to sign, promising to always choose kindness and support Dolly’s Dream’s vision to end cyber bullying.

The brainchild of Dolly’s Dream founders, Tick and Kate Everett, the DigiPledge also allows the opportunity to talk to your kids about their experiences online.

“By doing DigiPledge, we believe kids will be more comfortable coming to you if they’re being hassled or bullied online. And that’s exactly what you want them to do,” Kate says.

Melbourne mum Sonia McLaverty says she enjoyed taking the quiz with her two teenage daughters, Charlotte and Emily, and they all learned something about online safety.

Fifteen-year-old Charlotte says it’s easy to say you’ll be kind, “but actually signing the pledge shows that you’re really committed to making the world a better, happier place.”

Robyn Vincent, mother of 14-year-old twins Jack and Ella, says her family found the DigiPledge engaging and very easy to navigate.

“I loved that it gave feedback after each question,” Robyn says.

“We all helped each other to complete the tasks. It was great to do this as a family unit and to understand more about bullying and discuss it together. I think it’s so important to discuss these issues openly and with trust. It’s something I’ve always encouraged in my children.”

Taking the DigiPledge is a step families can take to say no to bullying and cyber bullying, the Everetts says.

“This is an initiative that is very important to us and we think can help parents, carers and families be safer online,” Tick says.

“The DigiPledge is as much about learning how to deal with bullying as it is about taking action.”

The DigiPledge is available here.