As technology has increased, it has become more prevalent in the lives of adolescents. This prevalence has made it possible for adolescents to be connected in every aspect of their lives twenty-four, seven. As technology prevalence rises so does the chance of adolescents being cyberbullied. Cyber-bullying is continuously on the rise, but Rethink has given adolescents a second chance to think about the decision of becoming a bully or posting a message they may later regret.
Rethink is a software that was developed from a teenager’s heartbreak over viewing a news story that reported on a suicide of an eleven year old whom was repeatedly cyber-bullied by her classmates. Rethink wants to STOP cyber-bullying before the damage is done. How is this possible you may be asking yourself? Here is how, when the Rethink App is downloaded to a device such as a phone and an offensive message is about to be posted to social media, the app will use its sensitive filtering and determine if the message is offensive or not. If the message is offensive, the app will give the adolescent another chance to think over their message. Rethink Research has shown that when adolescents are alerted, they change their minds 93% of the time (Rethink, 2015).
The Rethink App is free. The App is also an opportunity for adolescents to learn how to Rethink their decisions as well as become better technological citizens.