First Lady Melania Trump will discuss cyberbullying and social media at a Maryland summit next week, reports The Hill.
An Overview of the Upcoming Summit
The theme of the upcoming summit will center around “addressing the positive and negative effects of social media on youth.” In addition to attending the Maryland summit, the first lady will join a panel of various representative figures of prominent social media platforms.
Trump’s attendance at the bullying prevention summit comes after criticism against her. Some people have questioned whether the first lady is the ideal representative to stand against cyberbullying.
President Donald Trump’s controversial tweets are frequently used as ammunition to support these concerns. However, the first lady is not backing down.
In March 2018, she said that “skeptical” critics will not “stop [her] from doing what [she knows] is right.” Moreover, Trump stated that “helping children in our next generation” is her “one goal.”
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The first lady’s work to combat cyberbullying is not new. In September 2017, she delivered a speech at the United Nations in New York City.
Throughout her remarks, Trump noted the impact of adult examples on children. She also discussed the importance of children being “good stewards” and displaying “kindness, mindfulness, integrity and leadership.”
Other themes of the first lady’s speech revolved around adults paying attention to the online content that children see.
Earlier this year, Trump launched her “Be Best” campaign. She delivered the following relevant remarks at the White House Rose Garden in May:
“As a mother and as first lady, it concerns me that in today’s fast-paced and ever-connected world, children can be less prepared to express and manage their emotions. And often, turn to forms of destructive or addictive behaviors such as bullying, drug addiction or even suicide.”
The first lady then talked about the importance of children’s “emotional, social and physical health.”
Finally, she concluded her speech with the following statements:
“We can and should teach social and self-awareness, positive relationship skills and responsible decision making … Let us teach our children the difference between right and wrong, and encourage them to be best in their individual paths in life.”