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Another STEM girl is 8th grader Trisha Prabhu from Naperville, Illinois.  She is a finalist in this year’s Google Science Fair for her new mobile app, entitled “Rethink.”  The Rethink app allows users to give a second thought to potentially harmful social media posts.  It works as an add-on that automatically sends a notice to the author to rethink his or her post, giving the user the chance to change or delete postings that could be considered cyberbullying.  Trisha’s inspiration stemmed from her own research, which indicated that teens “may not understand the potential consequences of their actions because the prefrontal cortex isn’t developed until age 25.”  In trials of her app, Trisha found that 93 percent of users with the app retracted their posts, proving that a second chance to rethink their words was enough to stop cyberbullying actions altogether.

What incredible things will you be doing in 2015?

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 media.

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.

My mom was furious when she overheard the kids at church making fun of my eye patch, my skinned-up knees, the dirt under my fingernails, and the scars from briars and mosquito bites all over my legs. Not furious with them; furious with me for being the kind of girl who’d invite such taunts. The church kids were the first ones to call me a dyke.
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 The Fugly Dyke Chronicles: How Getting Trolled About My Insecurities Is The Best Thing That Ever Happened to My Self-Esteem

Heather Hogan wrote another piece today- a much more serious one than the Orphan Black emojis. I want to describe it here but I really can’t do it justice. It’s powerful. Just go read it. 

As Taylor Swift shows, it’s not about coming out on top. It’s about not letting anyone bully you into being silent. For as long as time and the Internet have existed, there’s been a reason to dismiss and invalidate women, who have every reason to quit that culture and log off. (A policy of disengagement has certainly worked for Tina Fey.) But there’s a power in fighting back, whether it’s releasing a music video to call bullshit on sexism or being open about your experiences with cyberbullying and your path to self-acceptance. If you have to be gaslighted every day of your life, it’s better not to go quietly. Just ask Zelda Fitzgerald.

God gained an angel in Heaven. My friend was going through some stuff and now she is not with us anymore. I knew this friend of mine since elementary. We were in high school together and we were in the same band. She was being cyber bullied by an anonymous source who sent her these god awful remarks. Please stop cyber bullying, and please pray for my friend who’s name I will keep hidden….but you all know her as sluttyramen.

My whole life has been about presenting an image of perfection because that’s what sells in our industry. But as I become more and more of a woman and [think about] what I really put out there in the world, I don’t want to put out perfection anymore because that’s not attainable. That’s not the truth. I wanted to really empower other woman in knowing that hey, yeah, you know what? I am very thin but I’m pregnant and I feel beautiful and I feel grateful that I have a child growing inside of me and I love every little piece of me because if I don’t love myself, who’s going to love myself? And I also want other women to know that I don’t care what you look like. I love you too.
—  Jaime King on why she posted that topless baby bump photo. The pregnant actress talks more about the statement behind the image, the dangers of cyberbullying, and why our view on pregnancy needs to change here.
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Crybabies, Murderers, and Hashtags | #withcaptions by paulidin

“I supported #DearMe, #BlackOutDay, and #InternationalWomensDay posts but there was some backlash. Let’s talk about that backlash.”

This video focuses on why there’s a backlash for all three of these movements. He broke it down to two types of people: crybabies and murders. Worth watching.

Er… staff​… I hope you’re paying attention. Matter of fact, can I come to your office personally and talk about what you need to do to protect people from cyberbullying on this network? 

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