Social-Emotional Learning and Peer Support through Social Media

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This case study analyzes the experiences of an anonymous teenage-facilitator of a peer support system that fosters Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for high school students via Facebook. Data include four one-on-one interviews with the creator of the support system discussing her facilitation, anonymous notes to students, and interactions on the group’s Facebook page. The four major themes (Responding to a Need for Support, Developing Peer Support, Exploring Mediums for Peer Support and Valuing an Anonymous Moderator in Nurturing Peer Support) are discussed in relationship to developing CASEL competencies. Implications for educational policies and practices are also discussed.