Trisha Prabhu

Rethink: Effectively Stopping Cyberbullying

Trisha Prabhu, USA Finalist, 13-14

Cyber-bullying is a form of online bullying that research shows may cause harmful effects on adolescents (ages 12 - 18). Research shows that adolescents are impulsive and may post hurtful messages on social media sites without pausing to consider potential consequences of their actions. Research shows this may be because Prefrontal Cortex, the part of brain that controls decision-making and help us think before we act, isn’t fully developed until age 25. This project aims to discover whether a Rethink mechanism urging adolescents to pause, review & rethink before posting mean/hurtful message on social media is effective in preventing cyber-bullying.