First Lady Melania and MN experts talk about how to end cyberbullying
(KMSP) - First Lady Melania Trump continued her mission to end cyberbullying Monday during a speech at a summit in Maryland.
“In today's global society, social media is an inevitable part of our children's daily lives. It can be used in many positive ways, but can also be destructive and harmful when used incorrectly,” Trump said.
The panel at the summit included representatives from some of the industry’s biggest players, including Facebook, Twitter and Google.
Trump urged social media companies to be more proactive in solving the problem.
“By listening to children's ideas and concerns, I believe adults will be better able to help them navigate this often difficult topic,” Trump said. “Let's face it. Most children are more aware of the benefits and pitfalls of social media than some adults.
Hopkins-based clinic myHealth for Teens & Young Adults helps young adults ages 12-26 with medical and mental health care.
“They know everything. We are the ones that don't know things,” said myHealth Education Director Kelsey Schultz.
“We as supportive adults are chasing our tails a little bit,” Schultz said.
Schultz and her team work with about 16,000 young people every year in Scott, Carver and Hennepin Counties.
“I think we get fixated on looking at the app or the social media site in particular. But the reality is, we really need to look at what are boundaries,” Schultz said, including that the boundaries can be emotional, physical and virtual.
Schultz also believes adults can work with children about what they can do as “bystanders” when they see something upsetting online.
“If you see something that makes you feel icky, or is just harmful, what might you do? Do you just keep swiping or going down your feed, or what can you do to be accountable to your fellow peers,” Schultz said.
Some have been critical of the First Lady's message, referencing President Trump’s own use of social media to knock his opponents.
The First Lady's spokesperson responded saying she is "aware of the criticism but it will not deter her from doing what she feels is right."