The video Dolly’s parents want you to see

The parents of an Australian teenager who took her own life after being relentlessly bullied are urging young people to think about the impact their words have on others.

Dolly Everett was 14 when she died in January last year.

Her parents Kate and Tick and sister Meg established charity Dolly's Dream in her honour.

On Wednesday the charity will release a short film directed by 15-year-old Charlotte McLaverty to raise awareness of the harm caused by bullying.

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The film tells the story of a teenage girl being hounded by bullies via social media and text message.

Each bully throws a small stone at the girl - causing her physical and mental distress - while at the family dinner table, on the couch, in bed and in the bath.

The suffering goes unnoticed by the girls family.

It ends by asking viewers, "Are your words doing damage?" Kate Everett hopes the video will encourage young people to speak up when being bullied.

"Dolly left us with a message that was 'Speak, even if your voice shakes'. I hope that this video will touch home for a lot of teens and help them understand that speaking up about bullying can help to stop it," she said. "And I hope it reveals to parents how cyber-bullying can happen anywhere, even at the dining table or watching TV with the family."

Amy Everett modelled as
Amy Everett modelled as "Dolly" for Akubra hats. Picture: Supplied

Accompanying the release of the video is an online resource for parents and carers seeking online safety information.

"With these new resources, we hope to reset the discussion around cyber-bullying," Ms Everett said.

"We're asking teens to start a conversation among themselves and we're providing parents with the right tools so they can be part of the solution."

Kate and Tick Everett, parents of Dolly Everett. Picture: Supplied
Kate and Tick Everett, parents of Dolly Everett. Picture: Supplied

The film is accompanied by music from 17-year-old pop-star Billie Eilish, who's been outspoken about bullying in the past and has thrown her support behind the film.

If you are experiencing mental health issues contact Lifeline 13 11 14 Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 or Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 (for young people aged 5 to 25)


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