Harvard University student creates app to fight cyberbullying

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CAMBRIDGE, MA — A 21-year-old Harvard University student finds a creative way to help prevent cyberbullying.

Trisha Prabhu, 21, created the ReThink app, which includes a custom keyboard to replace the keyboard of social media apps to alert users when they are about to send a hateful message.

According to her website, Prabhu says she was inspired to create the app after hearing about Rebecca Sedwick, a 12-year-old girl from Florida who took her own life after being cyberbullied for a year and a half.

Prabhu says she was harassed herself and was “shocked, heartbroken and outraged” saying she couldn’t be a bystander anymore.

“ReThink is transforming lives and defeating cyberbullying,” Prabhu said in a statement. “Together we will end digital hate – forever.”

ReThink detects and stops online hate at the source, before the bullying happens and the damage has already been done. According to its website, research with ReThink caused teens to change their minds 93% of the time and not send an offensive message.

Prabhu has given several TED Talks to explain her app and in 2021 she was the youngest winner named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Impact list.

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