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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that ReThink - Stop Cyberbullying is an app developed by teenage entrepreneur and activist Trisha Prabhu. Once downloaded and enabled, the app monitors users' typing and displays a pop-up alert if the user types a word or phrase that might be cyberbullying, providing an opportunity to potentially put the brakes on a bad decision.
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What's it about?
RETHINK - STOP CYBERBULLYING is a tool created by a teen girl that sets out to stop cyberbullying before it starts. Users download and enable it as a keyboard option. Then, when users type in any app on the device, a pop-up will appear if they type profanity or words that have been pre-identified as abusive, hateful, or otherwise hurtful. The pop-up message changes with each appearance; one example is, "Would you like to re-word this? Remember, you are what you type!" Users can then tap "clear" to delete the hateful word or phrase or tap "OK" to let the words stand.
Is it any good?
A stop-it-at-the-source tool, this installed keyboard is a prevention-minded approach to addressing online cruelty -- but only if users choose to opt in. Unlike other attempts to stop cyberbullying, this app cuts to the cause, which is a moment of impulsivity. Giving a teen another chance to make a better choice might not be foolproof, but it potentially catches a problem before it starts. One of the best features is that the app lets you choose whether to delete your words or not: That single feature takes this app from feeling like outright censorship to an active experience where users have to grapple with their words' implications. Even though it's mostly unobtrusive, it still might feel intrusive to some users, and if it pops up too frequently, teens might begin to ignore it. However, when used in a community committed to confronting cyberbullying, with users encouraged by its creation by a teenager, this tool could be a game- changer.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about cyberbullying. What is it? How can it get out of control? How do you think it makes people feel when they read unkind words online?
Talk about ways to talk with people when you've had a disagreement or when you're upset with someone. Talk about how to verbalize feelings without being hurtful and how to show empathy when another person is hurting.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: writing clearly
- Skills: Self-Direction: personal growth, self-assessment, self-reflection
Emotional Development: empathy, identifying emotions, perspective taking, self-awareness
Responsibility & Ethics: honoring the community, learning from consequences, making wise decisions, respect for others
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: September 15, 2015
- Category: Education
- Size: 3.90 MB
- Publisher: Trisha Prabhu
- Version: 1.5
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 2.1 and up
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