Melania Trump laments cyber bullying

Melania Trump talked up the importance of teaching children positive cyber habits Monday on the same morning that her husband sent tweets deriding current and former US officials, including one message referring to a former Central Intelligence Agency director as a "political hack".

Melania Trump said she recently met with students who are part of Microsoft's Council for Digital Good. Her Be Best campaign has emphasized the responsibility of adults in ensuring children's well-being.

"In today's global society, social media is ... part of our children's daily lives", Trump noted on Monday.

'It can be used in many positive ways, but can also be destructive and harmful when used incorrectly.

Trump told the audience that adults have a role to play in guiding the next generation in best practices for social media engagement, even as she also encouraged adults to listen to children's ideas for best practices going forward. Later in the speech, she then added, "Let's face it: most children are more aware of the benefits and pitfalls of social media than some adults".

First lady Melania Trump spoke out against cyberbullying Monday as part of her Be Best campaign, warning against "destructive and harmful" uses of social media and once again highlighting a messaging rift between the East Wing and the West Wing. She said she was also "inspired by their honest commitment to reducing peer-to-peer bullying through kindness and open communication".

"But it will not deter her from doing what she feels is right", Ms. Grisham said.

"She has asked him to tone down his tweeting", the CNN contributor explained.

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". Due to medical restrictions placed on her travel following kidney surgery in May, she did not accompany Trump to Singapore for his one-on-one meeting in June with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Holly Ham, executive director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, said the issue is "very personal" to her as a mother.

In a White House with a President who makes his own rules - especially on social media - his wife has faced criticism for being unable to curb her own husband's behavior.

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

  • Marlene Weaver