Sit With Us

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Teen-created app promotes empathy, community.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational value

No overt educational content, but using the app promotes empathy, kindness, and perspective taking. Lunch ambassadors are also taking on a leadership role and setting a positive example of inclusion.

Ease of play

Initiating lunches is very easy to accomplish, as is finding friends (if the app is frequently used in your area).

Violence
Sex

No sexual content in the app itself, but it's possible some users might make sexual references. 

Language

No swearing in the app itself, but it's possible some users might use obscenities. 

Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

No substance references in the app itself, but it's possible some users might discuss drinking, smoking, and so on. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sit With Us is a social media app that's designed to ensure no teen is forced to eat a meal alone at school. It's an app with a terrific concept, created by a 16-year-old who felt bullied and rejected after eating lunch by herself for all of seventh grade, and it gives kids the chance to reach out to others in their school to prevent them from feeling that way. Do note that there's no age verification on the app, so adults and younger kids could conceivably use it. In terms of registration, it requires either a Facebook account or an email address and school information. There's also a chat feature that's not moderated, but abuse can be reported and users can be blocked. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

User Reviews

Educator and Parent of a 14 year old Written byDacquiri A. January 27, 2017
Kid, 12 years old October 30, 2016

AWESOME!!!

I'm a middle schooler and I personally know the creator of this app, Natalie Hampton, me and Natalie have been communicating and I have started a club at m... Continue reading

What's it about?

After registering with a Facebook account or email address, SIT WITH US users can either search for tables welcoming other people at lunchtime or invite others to sit with them as they eat. They can also apply to be "Ambassadors" who host open lunches from time to time by reading and agreeing to a pledge. Teens fill out a profile, which often includes a picture of them and their interests, so they might know a little about whom they'll be dining with -- and can use the app to chat with friends they make at the lunches, expanding their social circles. As teens join and host lunches, they earn points. 

Is it any good?

It would be hard to find an app with more honorable intentions, and it's sure to do a lot of good; however, as with most things, some are sure to find loopholes to use it for negative purposes as well. Sit With Us is focused on combating isolation and encourages teens to make their schools an inclusive environment. To the app's credit, it makes it easy to do so. Adding an event (which people in your ZIP code can see) is simple. And the app acts as a social media hub as well, letting you chat with any new friends you meet at a lunch you attend. Better still, shy kids who don't want to risk rejection by asking if they can sit with someone new can unobtrusively find a place to sit and socialize without the face-to-face risk when walking up to a table of strangers.

There are some risks, though relatively small. The app doesn't verify user information or age, meaning people with less-than-kind intentions could use it to spot potentially vulnerable children. And while there are ways to report inappropriate behavior and block users, some teens are bound to find ways to use the app's features for unintended and negative purposes. Because of this, it's important for parents to discuss the potential risks as well as the advantages of such an app before letting their kids use it. Overall, however, it's an overwhelmingly positive use of the typical social media model with a practical, empathy-building purpose conceptualized by someone who understands the need -- a teenager!

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about using Sit With Us to extend a welcome to new or shy students and make new friends. 

  • Talk about appropriate behavior over chat and what to share and not share, even with people you feel you know.

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