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#BeNicer: Girls spend summer at RIT combating cyberbullying

August 05, 2019 07:44 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — You may have heard, News10NBC has launched a campaign called #BeNicer. It's simple: we're asking you to be nicer online to stop cyberbullying.

News10NBC paid a visit to the AT&T Girls Coding Camp at RIT. The camp is designed to get girls interested in the computing field but they're also standing up to cyberbullying.

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Mary Devine from Pittsford is one of the campers.

"We've been developing computer programs people can run at home," Devine said.

Her program creates digital flowers that appear on a screen.

"I did it with 77 flowers because the number 77 represents love," she said. "We made all the flowers a shade of pink because that represents loving yourself and others."

For two weeks, Devine and other local students learned how to write computer code. Many of them developed computer programs to help other teens who are bullied online.

Leah Wilkie developed a program that has several bedtime stories for bullying victims.

"One of them is based on a princess who goes to a new school and is being judged because her appearance is different," Wilkie said.

The summer camp was paid for by AT&T and supported by RIT. The company sponsored the program to not only get girls interested in STEM fields but to encourage them to use technology for social good.

Many of them chose to tackle cyberbullying.

"It's awful," Devine said. "We need to do more things to prevent that from happening."

More information on #BeNicer can be found here.

Click here to learn more about RIT's Coding Camp.

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