15-year-old Trisha Prabhu created an app to stop cyber bullying when she heard about an 11-year-old that committed suicide after being cyberbullied.
Prabhu developed an app called ReThink which alerts users when a message that is being sent has the potential to be offensive. ““In the fall of 2013 (when I was 13 years old), I came home one day from school and read a news story about a 11-year-old girl that had jumped off the town’s water tower as a result of repeated cyberbullying. How can a girl younger than myself be pushed to take her own life?” she said. “I was shocked, heart-broken and angry to learn about this incident and set out to find a long-term solution to cyberbullying. I
I had to do something to stop this from ever happening again. Research shows that over 50% of adolescents online are cyberbullied, 38% suffer from suicidal tendencies. Victims suffer from depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and are afraid to go to school the following day.”The app has a list of offensive terms registered with the Cyberbullying Research Centre. The second you type in a potentially offensive message, a pop-up appears asking you to rethink your message. ReThink is available as a free download on the Google Play store and will be available for Apple devices in the next couple of months.
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