Tell teens Dolly’s sad story
THE saddest story to make national headlines this week is that of Amy “Dolly” Everett – the Northern Territory teenager who died by suicide after relentless bullying.
How truly, truly heartbreaking. Dolly’s father suggested the 14-year-old’s online tormentors come to his daughter's funeral to witness the consequences of their actions.
This is a story that all teenagers need to know.
Any teenager could be on either side of the issue.
You may not know if your child is being bullied – with social media it can be done so sneakily.
Equally scary, you never know when your child might be perpetrating – their not totally-developed brain still unaware of the irreversible and harmful effects of it.
It needs to be beaten. One parent I know set up a contract with their child about their mobile phone use before they were allowed to have one.
There were guidelines about texting, social media use, apps and time allowed on it.
If they broke any of the rules the phone was removed indefinitely. It might sound over the top – but it is not. We need to find our own systems in our homes that work with our teens. We need to not only be open about the subject and share Dolly’s story but we need to be vigilant about what our teenagers are doing.