In the fall of 2013, Trisha Prabhu a 14 year old girl from Naperville, IL, read a story about the suicide
of an 11 year old girl from Florida who had been repeatedly
cyber-bullied by her classmates. She was shocked, heartbroken, and
outraged. How could a girl younger than herself be pushed to take her
own life? She knew, something had to change.
The result was
ReThink! ReThink is a result of Trisha’s groundbreaking research aimed
at training adolescents’ brains to make better decisions on social
Current solutions that social media have implemented are ineffective, following a STOP, BLOCK, TELL mechanism. Victims are asked to stop what
they are doing, block the cyberbully, and tell a parent or guardian.
Unfortunately, this approach doesn’t stop the damage before it’s done,
places the burden on the victim to stop the cyberbullying, and research
has found that 9 out of 10 victims don’t tell anyone that they are being
targeted. They suffer in silence.
Trisha Prabhu wrote a program that stops bullies from bullying, rather than placing the burden on their victims, and apparently she can drop adolescent cyberbullying from 71% to 4% when it’s properly applied, without censorship or account suspension. Read more at the link above.