Social media can be used for good or evil. Just ask any school-age American.
First lady Melania Trump launched her “Be Best” platform in the White House Rose Garden on Monday. Among the issues she wants to tackle: Cyberbullying. “When children learn positive online behaviors early on, social media can be used in productive ways and can effect positive change,” she said. Her platform will also include the well-being of children and opioid abuse.
Critics pointed out President Trump’s own bombastic use of Twitter TWTR, +0.93% and how he uses it to call out members of the press and his political opponents, often with hashtags and unflattering sobriquets. But the first lady steered clear of politics, adding, “Together, I believe we should strive to provide kids with the tools they need to cultivate their social and emotional health.”
Politics aside, anti-bullying advocates say millions of American children face bullying online and skip school as a result. And students who have been either bullied or cyberbullied are significantly less likely to report that they felt safe at their school. Being targeted with abuse online is disturbing, but it’s all the more disturbing when you discover that you actually know your harasser.