1):
Suppose we work over an arbitrary field $K$ and suppose $\pi: X\to \mathbb{P}^1$ is an elliptic fibration with a torsion section of order $n$. Then you obtain a natural classification map $\mathbb{P}^1 \to X_1(n)$.

If this map is dominant then $g(X_1(n))=0$ and hence $n\leq 12$. (You do not need Mazur's theorem at all for this. The genus of $X_1(n)$ was known before Mazur's theorem.)

If the above classifying map is not dominant then $j(\pi^{-1}(t))$ is independent of $t$.
The worst case here is that $X$ is a product $E\times \mathbb{P}^1$. In this case the torsion group of the fibration is just the torsion group of $E$.

If $X$ is (not birational to) a product, but has constant $j$-invariant then you can use the structure of the singular fibers to limit the possibilities of the torsion group. This is described in the final chapter of Miranda's book on elliptic surfaces.

If you are only interested in sections that are defined over $\mathbb{Q}$ then things are easier: there exists infinitely many $t$ such that the specialization maps is injective. Now applying Mazur's theorem shows that the order of the section is at most 12.

2):
Consider the divisor $[n]^{-1}(\sigma_0)$ the inverse inverse image of the zero section under multiplication by $n$. (I.e., in each smooth fiber you take the union of all the points of order dividing $n$, and then you take the closure in X.)
Now restrict the fibration $\pi$ to X[n] then you obtain a degree $n^2$ cover of $\mathbb{P}^1$ (which might have several irreducible components). Since each smooth fiber has (geometrically) $n^2$ points of order dividing $n$, we obtain that this covering is unramified over every points in $\mathbb{P}^1$ that does not belong to the discriminant of the fibration.

If you would have a fiber where the order of the specialization of the section is strictly smaller then the order of section then this would yield a ramification point of $\pi|_{X[n]}:X[n]\to \mathbb{P}^1$. Hence this cannot happen in smooth fibers.