Teen Asks, Before You Send That Hurtful Text,`Is This Something Your Mother Would Be Proud Of?’

Jun 26, 2015 2:00 PM ET
Trisha Prabhu

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When Trisha Prabhu read about a 12-year-old Florida girl who killed herself after being taunted mercilessly online, the news shook her. 

“I was stunned to think that someone who was younger than I could be pushed to a place where they’d think their life wasn’t worth living,” says Trisha, 15.

And although the Naperville, Illinois, teen had occasionally been teased online herself, she had no idea that in some cases the pattern could go on longer and cut deeper. As she learned more about cyber-bullying – which 20 percent of American high school students say they have experienced – she decided to do something.

“I was raised in a family where I was told that age shouldn’t be a limit,” she says. “You can always make a difference.”

Building on her experience in coding, Trisha developed ReThink, a software product that issues a prompt whenever a user types a potentially offensive text, tweet or Facebook message.

“Most kids have morals instilled in them growing up and have inherently good intentions,” she says, adding that as adolescent brains aren’t fully developed, young people often succumb to impulsiveness and take unnecessary risks.

Read the rest of the story on the Points of Light blog.