Melania Trump is trying to promote a positive use of social media, sparking a debate on proper online discourse.
At a White House luncheon hosting the spouses of governors, the First Lady of the United States addressed the assembled crowd with a message of using social media to promote wholesome communication.
“It is important that as adults we take the lead and the responsibility in helping our children manage the many issues they are facing today,” Trump said. “This means encouraging positive habits with social media and technology, even limiting time online and understand the content they are exposed to on a daily basis.”
First lady Melania Trump: “I have been heartened to see children across this country using their voices to speak out and try to create change. They’re our future and they deserve a voice.” https://t.co/JGmZLDpO0P pic.twitter.com/mpdNmgJZOj— CNN (@CNN) February 26, 2018
To accomplish this goal, Melania said her office would reach out to the nation's governor's offices and travel across the US to “fight for the well-being for our children.”
However, some have accused Melania of irony noting that her husband, President Donald Trump, has been under fire by many for his use of Twitter.
This irony was naturally noticed by more than few people, who took to criticizing the First Lady and suggested that maybe healthy social media habits begin with adults rather than children.
Melania Trump just told a group of governors, "we must encourage positive social media habits. Well, that's ironic."— A.J. Ali (@aj_ali) February 26, 2018
In 2016, Melania vowed that she would make cyberbullying her top priority if Trump were to be elected president. She has yet to make any progress on that front, but the recent speech could very well be the kickoff to her anti-cyberbullying campaign.
In fact, the First Lady recently came under fire for the lack of progress on cyberbullying after being tagged by a survivor of the Parkland Florida shooting. Lauren Hogg asked Melania "to have a convo with your step-son," Donald Trump Jr., after he liked two Twitter posts that promoted a conspiracy theory that said the FBI "botched tracking down the Man behind the Valentine day massacre." Despite the backlash, however, many are applauding the first lady for taking initiative on an issue that affects so many young people.
Good for her to have found her voice in this matter.— Jana Hill (@Janachill1983) February 27, 2018
Regardless on what side you take on the matter, it is as good of time as any to finally have a discussion about respectful online discourse, and maybe, make social media a better place for everyone.