Melania Trump decries cyber bullying as Trump lashes at critics via tweets

Melania Trump slams cyber bullying Photograph:( WION )

Reuters Washington, DC, USA Nov 16, 2018, 09.47 PM (IST)

US First Lady Melania Trump on Thursday (November 15) discussed cyber safety and the impact of the internet on children, with a particular focus on cyber-bullying.

"Today's technology provides people with digital shields to hide behind and being anonymous often takes the place of being caring and responsible, which can lead to children and adults feeling empowered to be kind and at times cruel," she told the Family Online Safety Institute's (FOSI) annual conference in Washington where she talked about promoting civility online.

She also repeated prior claim that she feels like she is the most, or one of the most, bullied persons in the world.

"It is not news or surprising to me that the critics and the media have chosen to ridicule me for speaking out on this issue. And that's OK. I remain committed to tackling this topic," she told her audience.

Melania Trump has chosen cyber bullying focus issue as the American First Lady, leaving some to say there is irony in the decision because of her husband's reputation as a bully towards his critics, especially on social media.

President Trump has frequently used his twitter account to attack his rivals, the media, and other public figures on topics ranging from their physical appearance to their intelligence.

The same day his wife was to speak at the cyber safety event, Trump sent out a stream of early morning tweets that began in the 3 o'clock hour lashing at critics with disparaging language like "Democrat thugs," "Crooked Hillary", former FBI agent Lisa Page "& her lover", among other things.
 

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"Today's technology provides people with digital shields to hide behind and being anonymous often takes the place of being caring and responsible, which can lead to children and adults feeling empowered to be kind and at times cruel," she told the Family Online Safety Institute's (FOSI) annual conference in Washington where she talked about promoting civility online.