Google Teaches Child Mentors to Help Victims of Cyber Bullies

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Google Teaches Child Mentors to Help Victims of Cyber Bullies


Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent

LONDON students will form a group of "cyber mentors" to help young victims of online bullying.

About 50 schoolchildren will receive specialist training at Google's headquarters in the capital tomorrow in an attempt to tackle the problem. They will then act as real-time agony aunts on a website set up to help victims of bullying.

The mentors, who have all experienced bullying themselves, will work from their bedrooms.

They will be able to answer questions and give advice to bullying victims on their home computers.

The training comes after 15-year-old Natasha MacBryde, from Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, died after being hit by a train on Valentine's Day amid rumours that she had been bullied. It was revealed yesterday that her Facebook remembrance page had been hijacked and sick taunts had been left to be seen by her family and friends.

Emma Jane Cross, chief executive of Beatbullying, which is running the mentoring project, said the website will provide immediate help and support for young people and is a "crucial part" of the battle against bullying. …

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