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14 year-old Trisha Prabhu may have found a way to STOP CYBERBULLYING!!!!

Trisha is one of the 15 global finalists at the 2014 Google Science Fair and her project is to see the end of cyberbullying!!!

Trisha summarized her project which is called Rethink and said, Passionate to prevent fellow adolescents from cyber-bullying, I realized I could use my science and technology skills to effectively prevent cyber-bullying “at the source” (before it occurs). I hypothesized that if adolescents (ages 12-18) were provided an alert mechanism that suggested them to re-think their decision if they expressed willingness to post a mean/hurtful message on social media, the number of mean/hurtful messages adolescents will be willing to post would be lesser than adolescents that are not provided with such an alert mechanism.”

To test her hypothesis, Trisha asked 1500 kids between the ages of 12-18 if they were willing to post hurtful messages online. The kids were split into two groups, baseline and rethink. When the baseline group was asked if they would post certain things online, when they said yes, it would go to a next message and continue, but with the rethink group, if anyone answered yes, an alert would come up saying This message may be hurtful to others. Would you like to pause, review, and rethink before posting?”.

About 67% of the baseline group was willing to post harmful things but the for the rethink group, only 5% of people were willing. 93% of the rethink group changed their minds about posting harmful things after seeing the alert.

Something like this will definitely help cyberbullying on social media sites and can maybe even wipe out cyberbullying completely!!!

So just remember…




Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 3:54:15 AM
 
 
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