Good News: 14 Year Old Genius Attempting to Stop Cyberbullying

Trisha Prabhu, an 8th grader at Scullen Middle School in Naperville, Illinois is determined to find an effective way to help prevent cyberbullying. Prabhu was a finalist in this year’s Google Science Fair with her project, “Rethink,” in which she looked into behavioral mechanisms behind online nastiness. Her idea was to create automated reminder causing users to pause before posting a hurtful comment. She hypothesized that if kids had to read the comments again before pressing send, they might retract their insult. And guess what? She was right. A whopping 93.43 percent of the group presented with a message about their mean comment changed their minds about sending hurtful words after receiving the alert. Click here to see what’s next for this young inventor and her great project!