For many people, socializing is the single most stressful thing about going to school. Some kids make friends easily, others…not so much. This problem is often at its peak during lunch time. A cafeteria can be daunting if you’re shy and/or feel like everyone but you falls into a clique. Throw bullying into the mix and you have a recipe for despair.
Enter the Sit With Us app. It was created by 16-year-old Natalie Hampton who came up with the idea based on her experience enduring a year of loneliness and bullying in seventh grade. The app is described thusly:
Sit With Us is a social networking app designed to promote kindness and inclusion in schools. Kids can use the app’s features to coordinate lunches with their friends. They can also volunteer to be Ambassadors for their schools and post open lunch events on campus where everyone will be included. No one needs to eat alone!
The concept reminds me of a recent story about Florida State football player Travis Rudolph choosing to sit with an autistic boy during lunch. Needless to say, the affect of this simple gesture was profound for both the boy and his mother. If it catches on, The Sit With Us app could make it easy for anyone to help change someone’s life for the better.
You can download it now on the Apple App Store.
(via The Mary Sue)