Published: Mon, August 20, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

First lady Melania Trump speaks out against cyberbullying

First lady Melania Trump speaks out against cyberbullying

Shortly after First Lady Melania Trump delivered a nationally televised speech about cyber bullying, saying "Let's face it, most children are more aware of the benefits and pitfalls of social media than some adults" her husband demonstrated on Twitter, calling former CIA director John Brennan "the worst CIA Director in our country's history".

"Most children are more aware of the pitfalls and benefits of social media than adults", said the first lady, saying that adults should be more willing to talk openly with children in order to "help them navigate this often hard topic".

The first lady has raised eyebrows with her "Be Best" campaign that encourages good online behavior, considering her husband's tendency to bully and insult others on Twitter.

Representatives from "social media companies, federal agencies, educational organizations, youth programs, and law enforcement" participated in the event, the first lady acknowledged.

Stephanie Grisham, the communications director for Melania Trump, then retweeted her post from her official White House account with a chide about the author's remark.

"In today's global society, social media is an inevitable part of our children's daily lives".

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As part of her "Be Best" campaign, Melania Trump headed to Rockville, Md., early this morning for the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention (FPBP) Cyberbullying Prevention Summit.

The first lady said she has been particularly impressed by Microsoft's Council for Digital Good, which is aimed at encouraging children to share ideas about positive online habits.

"But it will not deter her from doing what she feels is right", Ms. Grisham said. Only last week he prompted a new furor by referring to former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman as "that dog" - a term many found to be racist and misogynistic.

She said that America's "next generation has unlimited potential to impact our world in positive ways". She said she was also "inspired by their honest commitment to reducing peer-to-peer bullying through kindness and open communication".

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