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Training, Implementation, and Potential of a Cybermentoring Scheme in Six EU Countries

Smith, Peter K.; Thompson, Fran; Jessel, John; Kožuchová, Andrea; Ferreira, Irene; Idriceanu, Gabriela; Menesini, Ersilia; Miklosz, Margaret and de Villanueva, Marian. 2019. Training, Implementation, and Potential of a Cybermentoring Scheme in Six EU Countries. Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools, ISSN 2055-6365 [Article] (In Press)

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Abstract or Description

Cybermentoring refers to virtual peer support in which young people themselves are trained as cybermentors and interact with those needing help and advice (cybermentees) online. This article describes the training in, and implementation of, a cross-national cybermentoring scheme, Beatbullying Europe, developed in the United Kingdom. It involved train-the-trainer workshops for partners and life mentors in six European countries (Italy, Spain, Portugal, Romania, Poland and the Czech Republic) in 2013–2014, followed by training sessions for pupil cybermentors aged 11–16 years. Although BeatBullying went into liquidation in November 2014, the project was largely completed. We (1) report an evaluation of the training of the life mentors and mentors, via questionnaire survey; and (2) discuss findings about the implementation of the scheme and its potential at a cross-national level, via partner interviews during and at the end of the project. The training was found to be highly rated in all respects, and in all six countries involved. The overall consensus from the data available is that there was a positive impact for the schools and professionals involved; some challenges encountered are discussed. The BeatBullying Europe project, despite being unfinished, was promising, and a similar approach deserves further support and evaluation in the future.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1017/jgc.2019.11

Keywords:

cyber, bully, victim, mentoring, evaluation

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Educational Studies
Psychology > Unit for School and Family Studies

Dates:

DateEvent
9 April 2019Accepted
29 August 2019Published Online

Item ID:

27004

Date Deposited:

24 Sep 2019 15:02

Last Modified:

16 Feb 2020 14:08

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/27004

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