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Teen Creates App So Bullied Kids Never Have To Eat Alone

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Sit With Us

nataliehampton_custom-e678daa650f19402baa94cf1f9841351dfad512c-s700-c85 Bullying is an ongoing misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behavior that causes physical and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power over one or more persons. Bullying can happen in person or online, and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert).

During lunch times, you’ve got your lunch … and then you just don’t know where to sit. You don’t want to sit alone, but you also don’t know who would be friendly and let you sit with them. Sixteen-year-old Natalie Hampton has been there. She’s an 11th-grader from Sherman Oaks, California, and the creator of a new app called ‘Sit With Us’.

Hampton recently spoke about the app with American Radio Program ‘All Things Considered’ host Audie Cornish.

A transcript of their conversation follows, edited for clarity.

This is a great idea, but I understand it kind of comes from a sad place, right? I mean, essentially because you had a pretty lonely experience at lunchtime.

Yeah, I did. At my old school, I was completely ostracized by all of my classmates, and so I had to eat lunch alone every day. When you walk into the lunchroom and you see all the tables of everyone sitting there and you know that going up to them would only end in rejection, you feel extremely alone and extremely isolated, and your stomach drops. And you are searching for a place to eat, but you know that if you sit by yourself, there’ll be so much embarrassment that comes with it because people will know and they’ll see you as the girl who has nowhere to sit. So there’s so many awful feelings that come along with it.

You eventually changed schools, and you did make friends in this new school. But it sounds like you couldn’t shake that feeling, right — that experience.

Well, I felt that if I was thriving in a new school but didn’t do anything about the people who feel like this every single day, then I’m just as bad as the people who watched me eat alone. I felt like, with my story, it was my job to stand up and do something about all the kids who feel like this every day. And I wanted to create something that would address bullying, but in a positive way.

So you get this idea for an app, and how did you want it to work?

The way that it works is it’s a free lunch-planning app where kids can find lunch tables if they feel like they have nowhere to go. Pretty much, kids can sign up as ambassadors for a Sit With Us club and agree to post open lunches so that anyone who has the app and has nowhere to go can find a table and, hopefully, make some new friends.

Now, it seems like the kind of kid who would do that would be the kind of person you could walk up to and say, “Hey, can I sit with you?” So why have an app? Why not the low-tech version, which is just ask to sit down?

Because the way it was at my old school, I tried many times to reach out to someone, but I was rejected many times. And you feel like you’re labeling yourself as an outcast when you ask to join a table with someone you don’t know. 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 table.

So your app launched [last] week. Have you had a chance to see the app in action just yet?

So far, the results have been very, very positive. I had my first club meeting the other day, and everyone was very excited. And people are already posting open lunches at my school. So I’m very excited that things are already kicking off with a great start.

Download the FREE app from the app store.

 

Education Queensland does not tolerate bullying in any form, and schools use a range of proactive strategies to deal with bullying behaviour.

All students and parents are encouraged to raise concerns they have with their school principal immediately so that action can be taken to address the problem.

Every state school includes strategies for addressing bullying, including cyber bullying, in its Responsible Behaviour Plan for Students.

Several initiatives have been implemented recently to address bullying in schools.

The Queensland Schools Alliance Against Violence (QSAAV) was responsible for providing advice to the Minister on best practice measures to address bullying and violence in Queensland schools. The Alliance was chaired by Professor Ian O’Connor and included representatives from State and non-State schooling sectors, parent groups, principals associations, unions and the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian.

For further information:

Queensland Schools Alliance Against Violence (QSAAV) resources. 
Act Smart Be Safe.
Bullying. No Way! 
Kids Help Line.
Child Safety Australia.

September 25, 2016 |

Have you entered the ballot for the first train?

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Kallangur QLD Community

Prior to the formal commencement of services on the new Redcliffe Peninsula line, up to 230 lucky people will have the opportunity to be part of Moreton Bay region history.

Shane King, State Member for Kallangur, said the community day and official opening on Monday October 3, would be an opportunity for the community to check out the new 12.6km dual track line and six brand new stations at Kallangur, Murrumba Downs, Mango Hill, Mango Hill East, Rothwell and Kippa-Ring.

As part of the community open day activities, Shane advises the State Government is conducting a ballot for people to be on the first passenger train to depart Kippa-Ring station and travel along the new line. The ballot opened at 9am on Monday 12 September, and closes at 11:59pm/midnight on Friday 23 September.

A random ballot draw will take place on Monday 26 September and successful passengers advised via email on Tuesday 27 September. The ballot is hosted on the Department of Transport and Main Roads website: www.moretonbayrail.qld.gov.au and is open to residents on the Redcliffe Peninsula train line corridor, including Redcliffe, Pine Rivers and North Lakes.

Following the official opening and the running of the first train, there will be a free shuttle train service operating between 9am and 2pm as part of the community open day. So, you can enter the ballot for the first train and/or register for a seat for any train on the day. Shane encourages everyone to come and check out the new stations and ride the shuttle train for free.

Customers need to register online and choose the time slot and station they will depart from. Registration is vital as it is anticipated there will be a lot of community interest.

The Redcliffe Peninsula train line service will commence on Tuesday, 4 October, with the start of regular timetable trains on the 12.6 km dual track railway line. The new local bus network will also commence on this date.

For more information, visit www.translink.com.au or phone 13 12 30.

 

Kallangur Station

September 18, 2016 |

Kallangur Business Association’s Inaugural Speed Networking event a great success!

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Kallangur Business Association

Kallangur Business AssociationWow! What a great night! Up to 40 local businesses were represented at the latest Kallangur Business Association’s Speed Networking event held at the Norths Leagues club on August 23rd. Similar to what is known as ‘Speed dating’ representatives of local businesses are given the opportunity to share their business and contact with other participants within an exchange of ‘pitches’ 60 seconds each per round.
The feedback received in regards to the event was super positive! The KBA team are overwhelmed that everyone who came along got great value and new contacts! Our mission with these events is to build a strong networking base for all businesses to come together and meet other businesses.
The Kallangur Business Association will be hosting plenty more fun filled super value activities once each month to bring everyone together. The next Speed networking event will be announced in the next two weeks! Stay tuned with the Kallangur Business Association for further details.

 

September 15, 2016 |

Kallangur Woman arrested

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14203382_1213339272041267_2129723476821111657_nKALLANGUR: A 34-year-old woman from Kallangur has been arrested following investigations into the murder of April and Ian Bailey at Deception Bay in 2004.
April Bailey and her brother Ian were found deceased inside their Warren Cr, Deception Bay home on May 28, 2004. It is believed the pair were murdered prior to the house being set on fire.
Full story here.

 

 

 

September 10, 2016 |

Latest Rainfall

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The first Spring storm of the Season did not disappoint!!

Falls have topped more than 100mm at Cedar Creek and 80mm at Samford, with locally higher falls being observed also.

Local-rainfall

 

Light rain areas are still occurring across large portions of SEQ with isolated heavy patches over North Brisbane (around Samford) and through Caboolture.

September 10, 2016 |

Spring in your Step

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Spring in your step KallangurPut a Spring in Your Step this October and November with 8 weeks of FREE fitness activities being delivered in local parks around the Moreton Bay Region.
Local fitness providers will deliver a variety of fun and fresh activities to encourage adults and families of all levels of fitness to get involved.
Program dates
10 October – 4 December 2016
Bookings and activity information
Bookings open 9.00am Tuesday 13 September 2016.

September 9, 2016 |

Motorists and Cyclists to Benefit from Anzac Ave Upgrade

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Kallangur Anzac AveDesign work is underway on $5.75 million worth of upgrades and improvements to Anzac Avenue in Rothwell and Kippa-Ring. Yvette D’Ath MP, State Member for Redcliffe and Chris Whiting MP, State Member for Murrumba have welcomed the news of the upgrade which will see dedicated cycle lanes added to this section of Anzac Avenue.
“The works will include the asphalt resurfacing of all six lanes of Anzac Ave between Gynther Rd and Klinger Rd,” said Ms D’Ath “Design work on this project is currently underway. Consultation with stakeholders will commence once these plans are finalised.” Ms D’Ath said. “I welcome the addition of almost 3km of cycle lanes to the network in the Moreton Bay region. These new lanes, and the Shared Pathway on the Moreton Bay Rail Link will provide choice for local and visiting cyclists,” Mr Whiting said

“As a cyclist myself I am pleased to see these much-anticipated lanes added to Anzac Avenue, providing another active transport option for people across the region to get out and active.”

“This is the first upgrade of the road surface on Anzac Ave in almost a decade, and is part of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to improving Queensland’s infrastructure.” Mr Whiting said.

Ms D’Ath and Mr Whiting said that they look forward to the upgrade works commencing in early 2017.

September 9, 2016 |

Anytime Fitness is Moving!

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Anytime Fitness Kallangur QLD

Great to hear business expansion within our local area!

Kallangur’s number one 24-hour fitness club Anytime Fitness is about to get a whole lot better! With a new state-of-the-art facility ready to commence construction at Lillybrook Shopping Village. Located only 1.8km from its current location on Anzac Avenue, the club’s move to Lillybrook will deliver a fitness mecca unmatched in the local area.

Owner and Manager of Anytime Fitness Kallangur, Lachlan Creighton, said the move would enable the club to better service the health and fitness needs of the local community.
“With double the space, we’re building a bigger better club, with additional equipment and a diverse range of new programs and services,” Lachlan said. “This includes a significant expansion to our free weights and functional training areas including two deadlift platforms, two lifting rigs, the latest functional training equipment and a new TRX rig. “We’ll also deliver round the clock virtual group fitness classes and a new high-intensity team training program exclusive to Anytime Fitness – Roar 30. “This will be complemented by additional support staff, a highly experienced team of personal trainers and an in-house nutritionist.”
Anytime Fitness Kallangur Anzac Ave
Lillybrook Shopping Village is a family friendly community shopping centre, offering an extensive range of speciality retailers. According to Centre Manager, Benita Osborn, “Anytime Fitness is another complementary addition to our convenience-based retail mix. Now customers can do all their shopping and look after their health and lifestyle needs all in one place”. Other recent additions to the Centre include a medical centre, nail spa and a number of takeaway food retailers.
Club Manager Lachlan Creighton said construction was expected to start mid-September, with the new Anytime Fitness Kallangur club doors set to open in November 2016.
“A temporary Membership Information Centre is currently being set up opposite the new club space at Lillybrook Shopping Village, with staff available to answers any questions about becoming a member,” Lachlan said.

 

September 9, 2016 |
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