Whatever Happened to Melania Trump’s Anti-Cyberbullying Campaign? Patrick Semansky/AP – STEPHANIE MENCIMERFEB. 7, 2017 6:00 AM

On November 3, Melania Trump gave a rare speech on the campaign trail for her husband, Donald. At the end of the speech, she made an announcement: If her husband were elected, she would focus on combating cyberbullying from the White House. “We have to find a better way to talk to each other, to disagree with each other, to respect each other,” she said. “We must find better ways to honor and support the basic goodness of our children, especially in social media. It will be one of the main focuses of my work if I’m privileged enough to become your first lady.”

The announcement was met with derision by people who noted that her husband was perhaps the world’s most prominent cyberbully. Lady Gaga tweeted at Melania directly:screen-shot-2017-02-08-at-feb-8-2017-3-18

Three months later, Melania Trump is indeed first lady. But what of her pledge to take up cyberbullying? Mother Jones contacted a wide range of organizations and individuals who work on cyberbullying, and not a single one of them reported being contacted by Trump or anyone in the Donald Trump administration.

“No one has reached out to us as of yet,” says Sameer Hinduja, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center and a professor at Florida Atlantic University. “People are posting unsolicited editorials in our space, asking Melania to do this or do that in an open letter on various sites, but her and her team have not reached out to us or anyone we know. And it’s a pretty small circle of experts, so you’d think we’d have heard by now.”

Not even Monica Lewinsky, who broke a decade of public silence in 2014 to become an anti-bullying advocate, has heard from the new first lady. Lewinsky might seem an obvious partner for Melania, given her history with President Trump’s campaign opponent. Lewinsky has even spoken up to defend Melania and Donald Trump’s son, 10-year-old Barron, from social-media trolls. But no one in the Trump administration has reached out to Lewinsky, according to someone who works with her on the issue. The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

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Sex and the Single Tween – By Abigail Jones / January 22, 2014 2:07 PM EST

You Go, Sexy Mama!” Today, 91 percent of 12- to 13-year-old girls have Internet access and 72 percent have mobile access. Photography by Elinor Carucci/Institute for Newsweek


Four best friends pile onto a couch in an attic playroom in a leafy suburb of Boston. It is the fall of 2009, just a few hours after school has let out for Thanksgiving break. The girls wear Uggs and Juicy Couture sweatshirts and are discussing boys, Lady Gaga and blow jobs. Every few minutes, someone screams, “Ewwwwww!”

“Wait, you guys – what’s going on at school? Who’s dating who?” asks Madison, then 11, who had recently left the local middle school for a private school. She has long blond hair, arched eyebrows and a gigantic smile.

“I’m not dating anyone right now,” says Sarah, 11, who lives across the street and says she wants to be an interior designer. She has an innocent face and wears a pink fleece jacket and dangly star earrings.

“Me neither!” barks Brianna, 12, the athlete of the group.

The only girl who doesn’t answer is Cat, a bubbly, plump 11-year-old who has a boyfriend but won’t admit it, so Brianna shouts, “Cat dates Andy!”

“Ewwwwwww!” the girls squeal.

After practicing their supermodel walks and screeching comments like “Rearrrrr!” and “You go, sexy mama!” they discuss what sexy means.

“When you’re sexy, it means you show off your body,” says Madison, who wants to be either an archaeologist or a Victoria’s Secret model. “Boys look for boobs.”

“No they don’t,” Brianna says. “Boys look for hot.”

The girls don’t think any of this is good news, but they also accept it as fact.

“I think that, um, our generation of kids is more advanced than like, any other,” says Brianna.

“I think it’s influenced from the media,” says Cat.

“Did you hear what Adam Lambert did?” Brianna says, referring to the singer’s controversial performance at the recent American Music Awards. “He kissed a guy. He made out with a guy on national TV. He did a little” she pauses, lowering her voice “oral sex there.”

“Wait – what is oral?” asks Madison.

The girls erupt in laughter, then unanimously agree that Miley Cyrus is a bad influence (and this was years before her twerking episode). “In Party in the USA, she’s like, humping a pole,” Madison says.

“And she has a tank top on,” Brianna shouts. “And that’s it! And her black bra is showing. Her shorts are up to here,” pointing high up on her own thigh.

No matter what the topic, their conversation always seemed to come back to sex. And a lot of their questions were directed at me.

“Do men measure their penises?”

“Do the girls care how big they are?”

“Are you getting married?”

“Are you a virgin?”

“Do you want kids?”

“Of course you’re a virgin, right?” says Madison, looking at me. “We’re all virgins!”

“But you’re not,” Brianna says, to me, in a hushed voice.

Cat’s mom walks in with Madison’s younger sister, Emma.

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