ERIC Number: ED439797
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Reducing Harassment in Elementary School Classrooms Using High School Mentors.
Frieman, Maury; Frieman, Barry B.
A peer mentor program was created and implemented to reduce harassment and bullying at a Massachusetts elementary school. With the help of an adjoining district high school, the school counselors selected, trained, and supervised high school students to teach the younger children how to deal with harassment. The mentors were trained to understand the emotional and developmental needs of elementary students; they were also given training in preventing harassment, avoiding gender stereotyping, promoting tolerance, mediating conflict, listening, working in groups, and maintaining confidentiality. Monthly peer mentor sessions were designed to help children understand the meaning of harassment and bullying and how to deal with their feelings and interpersonal problems. As a result of the program, elementary school teachers reported a significant reduction in harassment. (Contains 15 references.) (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Conference and Exhibition of the Association for Childhood Education International (Baltimore, MD, April 17-20, 2000).