A 16-year-old from California has developed and launched an app to help students find a kind and welcoming group to eat lunch with at their school. The app is called “Sit With Us.”
Natalie Hampton was inspired to create it after she was the victim of bullying and sat alone at lunch her entire seventh-grade year. The experience made her feel lonely and vulnerable. She suffered from stress, depression and nightmares. She wants to save others from this experience.
As reported by NPR and Ajax.com, Hampton said the new app is especially helpful because the electronic process prevents children from being publicly rejected and being considered social outcasts by their peers.
“This way it’s very private. It’s through the phone. No one else has to know,” Hampton told Audie Cornish on NPR’s All Things Considered. “And you know that you’re not going to be rejected once you get to the table.”
PSA to parents/future parents of middle and high schoolers- tell your child about this app, even if you think they don’t need it. Maybe you don’t know as much as you think or maybe they could help someone else in need.