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Melania’s Anti-Bullying Speech Raises Eyebrows: Children Better at Social Media Than Some Adults

On Monday morning, First Lady Melania Trump said in her speech on cyberbullying that children are more acutely aware of the good and bad sides of social media than, uh, some adults.

The First Lady was speaking before the crowd at the Cyberbullying Prevention Summit, part of the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Steering Committee effort. The First Lady’s speech is part of her own “Be Best” campaign, an initiative started to deal with the “the major issues facing children” according to the White House.

“I launched my Be Best campaign in May, with a focus on the many issues facing children today, one of them being the safe and responsible use of social media,” said Mrs. Trump.

“In today’s global society, social media is an inventable part of our children’s daily lives,” she said. “It can be used in many positive ways but can also be destructive and harmful when used incorrectly.”

The wife of Donald Trump continued, relating her experience meeting and speaking with children who are part of Microsoft’s Council for Digital Good. “I was impressed by their deep understanding of how important it is to be safe,” she said, “and was inspired by their sincere commitment to reducing peer-to-peer bullying through kindness and open communication.”

“This is why Be Best chooses to focus on the importance of teaching our next generation how to conduct themselves safely and in positive manner in an online setting,” she added.

On the Be Best campaign page at the White House website, there is a section focusing specifically on social media that says, in part, “it is our responsibility as adults to educate and reinforce to them that when they are using their voices—whether verbally or online—they must choose their words wisely and speak with respect and compassion.” So the focus is not merely on instructing but on setting an example.

“Let’s face it,” First Lady Melania Trump continued, “most children are more aware of the benefits and pit falls of social media than some adults.”

A very astute observation that… some adults should probably think about.

You read more about children and bullying prevention at StopBullying.org.

Watch the clip above, courtesy of CNN.

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