Why our work is more important than ever

In these extraordinary times, the work of anti-bullying initiative Dolly’s Dream in educating parents and schools about cyber bullying and its impacts has never been more important.

The Federal Government recently reported that cyber bullying has increased by 50 per cent over recent weeks, as our young people are spending so much more time online in isolation. This will most likely increase further as the majority of schools now convert to delivering curriculum remotely around the country.

The Dolly’s Dream team is continuing to work hard to ensure young Australians are kept safe from cyber bullying through Dolly’s Dream eSmart online safety programs and Connect workshops, which will be virtually delivered in schools and communities throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Dolly’s Dream also has the Parent Hub, a website that offers relevant and pertinent information to parents and carers on how to keep their teens safe online during COVID-19 and always. The Parent Hub explores ways to inform and educate parents and carers around the problems of bullying, cyber bullying and online safety. It also offers advice from bullying and parenting experts to help navigate these waters in particularly tough times.

And Friday 8 May will see the second annual Do It For Dolly Day. Last year’s inaugural event saw thousands of Australians remember Dolly Everett by getting together to take a stand against bullying and dressing in blue – Dolly’s favourite colour. Of course, this year people can’t get together in the same sense, but the Dolly’s Dream team is calling on our amazing communities to dress and decorate in blue and practice kindness. Be Kind. The message has never been more important.

Background

Supported by national children’s charity, the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, Dolly’s Dream was started in 2018 after 14-year-old Dolly Everett took her own life after relentless and sustained bullying and cyber bullying.

Her parents, Kate and Tick Everett, wanted to ensure that no other family had to go through the same devastation.

Since then, hundreds of thousands of Aussie families have come together online and in person take a stand against bullying, and to celebrate love and kindness.

For more information please phone Media & PR Specialist Deb Morris on 0499 202 001.