You've seen Mean Girls, right? Then you know you can't sit with us.Seriously. You can't.
I totally lied just now. Because you can, thanks to Sit With Us, an app that allows bullied students to join lunch groups anonymously. Students who would otherwise not have a place to sit in the cafeteria during lunch hour can find welcoming groups and a much-needed respite from bullying.
Sit With Us allows students to designate themselves "ambassadors." Ambassadors invite other students to join them at their lunch table when they create an "open lunch" event. Even cooler: Sit With Us was designed by a 16-year-old. Natalie Hampton, who hails from Sherman Oaks, California, launched the app on September 9. She reports that she ate lunch alone her entire seventh-grade year. She was repeatedly bullied. At one point, she said, a fellow student threatened her with a pair of scissors. Another time, she was tripped as she walked down a hallway. The bullying led to nightmares, depressive episodes and eventually a stint in the hospital. It left her
a shell of the person I was. When I walked into a classroom I was planning an escape route.Educators praised Natalie for her innovative idea. According to Jim Delisle, a retired education professor,
Bullying is more rampant than ever ... with social media being a prime cause.According to a study conducted by Princeton, Rutgers and Yale University, students who stand up to bullying have a significant impact on their peers. Schools that provided their students with social media tools and encouragement to call out bullies reported a 30 percent decrease in student conflict reports.
app ... is as kind as it is necessary. gives a necessary lifeline to kids who need a friend who really, really cares about the kids who often go unseen or are ridiculed.
To see more coverage on this awesome app, check out the video after the jump!
https://youtu.be/rT43jzpBwTU H/T: Huffington Post, Los Angeles Daily News