Student Aid: How one school board is defeating bullying, one friendship at a time

Amanda Todd. Rehtaeh Parsons. What kind of intervention would have saved their lives? Ontario’s Upper Canada District School Board is trying to find an answer to that question by turning to the same social networks that can in some cases wreak such havoc on young lives. A program, called Link Crew, pairs incoming 9th graders with Grade 12 mentors, giving young students an outlet to air their concerns and issues….“There is a growing body of research that peer mentoring – setting up peers to help others or to share information with others – is highly effective. Young people find it meaningful to hear from peers, whom they feel might understand,” said York University Professor Debra Pepler in The Globe and Mail June 11.

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