First Lady Melania Trump has unveiled her “Be Best” initiatives, which include an initiative to get children using social media so they can “learn positive online behaviors early on.”
The First Lady reportedly consulted with large Silicon Valley technology companies such as Google, Twitter, Facebook, and Amazon on the social media initiative, and revealed further initiatives on “well being” and opioid abuse.
“When children learn positive online behaviors early on, social media can be used in productive ways and can effect positive change,” she declared. “I do believe the children should be both seen and heard.”
“It concerns me that in today’s fast-paced and ever-connected world, children can be less prepared to express or manage their emotions and often turn to forms of destructive or addictive behavior such as bullying, drug addiction, or even suicide,” the First Lady continued, adding, “My hope is that together, we can be best at helping children and families find effective ways to educate themselves and support each other.”
In a booklet released by First Lady Melania Trump and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), parents are warned that their children could be using anonymous accounts and finding “hate speech.”
“The online world can feel anonymous. Kids sometimes forget that they’re still accountable for their actions,” the leaflet warns. “You may be concerned that your kids could find pornography, violence, or hate speech online… Technology is constantly evolving. So are the risks associated with it. You can reduce these risks by talking to your kids about how they communicate — online and off — and encouraging them to think critically and act in a way they can be proud of.”