by Danielle Franklin
16 year old Natalie Hampton of Sherman Oaks, California is receiving worldwide recognition for her creation of the new “Sit With Us” app. Her app was designed and aimed at reducing bullying and encouraging social interactions in the school setting. After her lonely experience of sitting alone during the lunch period of her entire seventh grade career,she wanted to create something that would allow students to remain anonymous but seek out friends when feeling alone as she did during lunch time! During an interview with NPR on their “All Things Considered” Program, she stated her reasoning for creating this app was because “it prevents kids from being publicly rejected and being considered social outcasts for their peers … This way it’s very private. 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
This news will affect young children and their families because bullying is something that is becoming more prevalent in schools today and something that I am sure every parent/student worries about. With this new app that Natalie created, it takes beginning steps at eliminating the issue of bullying by providing students with “buddies”while alone during school hours.
While this app was primarily designed for upper elementary+ students, it can impact early childhood education in that it can be adapted to be used in some way for early childhood. Perhaps it can be used in early childhood for students to find other friends to play with during recess or finding a partner to go group work with during free play.
Today’s guest blogger is Danielle Franklin
Hello! My name is Danielle Franklin. I am currently a junior at Towson University majoring in Early Childhood Education seeking to change the world… one child at a time!