Dolly Everett: Young girl tragically ends her life following relentless online taunts
The tragic death of 14-year-old Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett has increased calls to eliminate cyberbullying.
Hundreds of mourners gathered in Katherine today to farewell Dolly.
Jono Nicholas, CEO of ReachOut Australia, tells Chris Kenny parents must openly communicate with their children.
“My recommendation is to look out for change.
“If you’ve got a kid who’s otherwise engaged in school and is becoming more reclusive or who is simply changing in a way that makes you uncomfortable: the first thing you should do is ask.”
Mr Nicholas says asking children to articulate their feelings on a scale of 0 to ten can help start an important conversation.
“The easiest thing you can do is say, ‘on a scale of 0 to ten, where 0 is the worst life could be and ten is the best, what’s your number?’
“Often if kids can’t articulate their feelings they could say, ‘actually Mum or Dad, I’m a three’. That opens a conversation.”
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