First Lady Melania Trump Tells Parents to Help Kids Stop Cyberbullying

Lawrence Kim
August 20, 2018

First lady Melania Trump called for an end to cyberbullying of children Monday, and promptly became the target of vicious online insults from her husband's opponents.

Asked about criticism the first lady has received for highlighting the issue of online bullying even as her husband routinely resorts to name-calling on social media, her communications director, Stephanie Grisham, said via text, "She's said before that she is aware of the criticism, but it won't deter her from doing what she thinks is right".

Melania Trump pictured at Monday's anti-cyberbullying summit in Rockville, MD.

Promoting positive behavior on social media among the nation's youth is part of the first lady's "Be Best" initiative focused on children's wellness.

"In today's global society, social media is an inevitable part of our children's daily lives". "'Be Best' chooses to focus on the importance of teaching our next generation how to conduct themselves safely and in a positive manner in an online setting", she added.

First lady Melania Trump's office said her speech this morning at a panel against cyberbullying should be viewed separately from a morning tweetstorm by President Trump in which he called special counsel Robert Mueller "disgraced and discredited", called John Brennan a "hack" and "the worst CIA Director in our country's history", and called for a Justice Department attorney to be fired.

The president told Melania that she would likely receive backlash over the topic, given his incendiary Twitter habits, the Times reported.

Last week, the president referred to his former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, once the only African-American woman among the senior White House staff, as a "crazed, crying lowlife" and "that dog". In remarks a the Federal Partners on Bullying Prevention summit in Rockville, Maryland Monday, Mrs. Trump warned the group of federal agencies, social media companies and other summit participants of the "destructive and harmful" impacts of social media when used incorrectly.

She said adults can learn a lot listening to children about their "ideas and concerns" when it comes to dealing with online harassment.

"Bullying is an impediment that must be addressed and stopped, and it has no place in our communities", she said.

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