year-old Trisha Prabhu may have found a way to STOP
is one of the 15 global finalists at the 2014
Google Science Fair and
her project is to see the end of cyberbullying!!!
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
test her hypothesis, Trisha asked 1500
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?”.
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.
like this will definitely help cyberbullying on social media sites
and can maybe even wipe out cyberbullying completely!!!