One teen is helping bring a little more kindness into schools by leaving the “Mean Girls” spirit back in 2004. Natalie Hampton, a 16-year-old student, created Sit With Us, a free app that helps foster a more welcoming school community by helping kids find a place to sit during lunchtime.
Hampton, who was a victim of severe bullying, was inspired to create the app after eating lunch alone every day. She told NPR’s All Things Considered that after switching schools, she “felt like, with my story, it was my job to stand up and do something about all the kids who feel like this every day. And I wanted to create something that would address bullying, but in a positive way.”
According to the app description, kids can use the lunch-planning app by signing in via email or Facebook and connecting with fellow students. Students can either sign up to become a Sit With Us Ambassador, who host open lunches for anyone to join, or add lunches to the app and invite friends to join. There’s also a chat feature that allows for lunches to be better coordinated.
Despite its social nature, the app’s privacy helps students feel more comfortable reaching out to others and finding a place to sit in the lunchroom. “It’s through the phone. No one else has to know. And you know that you’re not going to be rejected once you get to the table.”
Sit With Us, which launched last week, has already seen some very positive results and, according to Hampton, students at her school have begun posting open lunches. She told the Los Angeles Daily News ahead of the app’s launch, ““I want to use social media, which can be harmful, and use it for a change and to do something good.”
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Source: Huffington Post
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