Social Media Pamphlet from Melania Trump Initiative Looks Very Similar to Obama-Era FTC Document

First Lady Melania Trump announced her Be Best initiative today, with one of the core pillars being social media use and cyberbullying. Right now the Be Best page on the White House website features a link to a document laying out some social media guidelines for parents. But the document, which includes a note from the First Lady, appears to be a repackaged version of an Obama-era FTC document on social media guidelines. And it’s not only the cover pages that look alike. If you go through both documents, you will notice that with very small differences, they’re basically the same thing. The FTC Kids Online site has Continue reading "Social Media Pamphlet from Melania Trump Initiative Looks Very Similar to Obama-Era FTC Document"

White House Puts Out Cyberbullying Guidelines for FLOTUS Initiative, and Twitter Can’t Help But See the Irony

First Lady Melania Trump wants to take on cyberbullying to help out children who get bullied or harassed online. It’s an admirable goal, but every time it comes up in the news, there’s always the elephant-in-the-room nature of President Trump‘s own tweets about his political rivals. And now the White House has put out specific guidelines on how to deal with cyberbullying––one pillar of the First Lady’s “Be Best” initiative––that might only highlight that very discrepancy. For example:
Talk to your kids about bullying. Tell your kids that they can’t hide behind the words they type and the images they post or send. Bullying is a lose-lose situation: Hurtful messages make the target feel bad, and they make the sender look bad.
Recognize the signs of a cyberbully. Cyberbullying often involves mean-spirited comments. Check out your kid’s social networking pages from time to time to see what you find… Continue reading "White House Puts Out Cyberbullying Guidelines for FLOTUS Initiative, and Twitter Can’t Help But See the Irony"