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This App By A 15-Year-Old Girl Stops You From Sending A Potentially Offensive Message

Trisha Prabhu created the app when she heard about an 11-year-old girl who committed suicide after being cyberbullied.

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Trisha Prabhu, a 15-year-old high school student from Illinois, has figured out a way to stop cyberbullying before it happens.

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Prabhu developed an app called ReThink that basically alerts you if a message you're about to send is potentially offensive.

The app has a text-recognition feature that displays a pop-up window urging the user to reconsider sending a potentially offensive message.
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The app has a text-recognition feature that displays a pop-up window urging the user to reconsider sending a potentially offensive message.

"In the fall of 2013 (when I was 13 years old), I came home one day from school and read a news story about a 11-year-old girl that had jumped off the town's water tower as a result of repeated cyberbullying," Prabhu said to BuzzFeed.

"How can a girl younger than myself be pushed to take her own life?" she said. "I was shocked, heartbroken and angry to learn about this incident and set out to find a long-term solution to cyberbullying. I knew I had to do something to stop this from ever happening again. "Research shows that over 50% of adolescents online are cyberbullied, 38% suffer from suicidal tendencies. Victims suffer from depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem, and are afraid to go to school the following day."According to Prabhu, people who have used the app have reconsidered their decision more than 93% of the time.
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"How can a girl younger than myself be pushed to take her own life?" she said. "I was shocked, heartbroken and angry to learn about this incident and set out to find a long-term solution to cyberbullying. I knew I had to do something to stop this from ever happening again.

"Research shows that over 50% of adolescents online are cyberbullied, 38% suffer from suicidal tendencies. Victims suffer from depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem, and are afraid to go to school the following day."

According to Prabhu, people who have used the app have reconsidered their decision more than 93% of the time.

ReThink is available as a free download from the Google Play store. (It will be available for Apple devices and desktops in the next couple of weeks.)

Once downloaded, the app is fairly easy to install.

The app then asks you to add it as one of your keyboards.

The app has a list of offensive terms registered with the Cyberbullying Research Centre. As soon as you type in a potentially offensive message, a pop-up appears asking you to rethink your message.

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Since developing ReThink, Prabhu has won several science competitions, including the Google Science Fair in 2014, and has conducted TEDx talks all over the world.

Trisha Prabu

She has garnered support from various celebrities and even presented the app at the White House’s Annual Youth Science Exposition.

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The app has also received positive responses from users.