People Places Events In History Terms Organizations
Home Invites Members Groups Events Careers Videos News Photos Blogs Polls Forums Chat
Home > News > Post Content

First lady visits Microsoft to discuss online safety for kids (540 hits)


Photographed on February 22, 2019.
Melania Trump waves to the media before getting into a waiting vehicle at Boeing Field in Seattle on Monday afternoon. The first lady visited Microsoft to talk and learn about keeping kids safe online. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

The visit is part of first lady Melania Trump’s two-day, three-state swing to promote her “Be Best” intitiative on child well-being, online safety, and the opioid crisis.

By Paul Roberts
Seattle Times business reporter

Politics took a back seat during first lady Melania Trump’s trip to Microsoft on Monday to learn about the company’s work on accessibility and online safety for children.

The Redmond software giant was the second stop in a three-city tour to promote the first lady’s “Be Best” initiative, which is calling attention to child well-being, online safety and anti-bullying efforts and opioid abuse.

The tour began Monday morning with a stop at a Tulsa, Oklahoma, charter school and is scheduled to conclude Tuesday in Las Vegas with a town hall on the opioid epidemic.

At Microsoft, the first lady saw demonstrations of technologies that make gaming and other online experiences safer for children — in part by giving parents more control over what their children do and see online.


“I feel that sometimes, children know more than their parents” when it comes to social media, gaming social media and other online experiences, Trump said after the demonstrations during a brief conversation with Microsoft President Brad Smith.

The visit follows discussions last summer between the first lady and company executives at their Washington D.C. offices shortly after she launched her Be Best initiative, Smith said. Microsoft has extensive initiatives aimed at online safety for kids, including parental tools and public education and awareness campaigns, as well as adaptive technology for use by kids with disabilities.

Although the first lady’s arrival at Boeing Field was delayed by nearly an hour by technical issues back in Tulsa, her carefully orchestrated visit to Microsoft went smoothly. Trump’s motorcade arrived at Microsoft’s Building 33 at around 2:15 p.m., and the first lady was ushered directly into a large conference room with three technology demonstration stations.

With a large pool of national and local media in the background, Dave McCarthy, vice president and head of Xbox engineering, showed the first lady how the company’s flagship gaming console allows parents to monitor and control virtually every element of their children’s online experience — from the websites they visit to the time they spend on any particular game.

At a second demo, the first lady learned how Xbox products have been made accessible to consumers with disabilities.

At a third demonstration, Jacqueline Beauchere, Microsoft’s chief online safety officer, outlined initiatives to encourage children and teens to adopt safer online habits.

Afterward, Trump joined Smith and other company executives for a brief discussion about the next steps in improving accessibility and online safety. A key issue for Trump: educating parents on the tools that already are available for monitoring their children’s online activities.

The “Be Best” tour marks Trump’s first solo domestic overnight trip in her official capacity as first lady.


Delivered bright and early weekday mornings, this email provides a quick overview of top stories and need-to-know news.

Reporters weren’t permitted to ask questions during the demonstration or the discussion.

Afterward, however, Smith made himself briefly available to reporters, several of whom pressed the Microsoft executive on the message that the first lady’s visit to Microsoft sends, especially given her husband’s controversial social media presence.

Smith struck a diplomatic tone, befitting a company that has spent decades carefully cultivating political alliances. “We’ve always said that we’ll partner where we can, we’ll stand apart where we should,” Smith said, adding that Microsoft is “fundamentally focused on working with people who are carrying an important message forward, and the first lady is doing precisely that with this ‘Be Best’ campaign.”

He went on, “We have days when we disagree with this administration just as we’ve had days where we disagreed with other administrations,” he said. “But today was a day where we could stand together to underscore an important message.”

Paul Roberts: 206-464-2951 or proberts@seattletimes.com; on Twitter: @Pauledroberts.


https://www.seattletimes.com/
Posted By: Elly Moss
Tuesday, March 5th 2019 at 12:50PM
You can also click here to view all posts by this author...

Report obscenity | post comment
Share |
Please Login To Post Comments...
Email:
Password:

 
More From This Author
Love Made ......
Ma! Mom! Mommy! Mama!
#Mood: I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here
Random Photo Upload On Sun May 5th, 2019 at 12:16AM
Random Photo Upload On Sun May 5th, 2019 at 12:16AM
THE POWER OF HOMESCHOOLING
#TBT: Bed Time Stories
Whole Foods will celebrate the new royal baby with a “vibrant orange” cheddar cheese
Forward This Article Entry!
News Home
Employer Showcase
>> more | add
Latest Jobs
Director of People Operations (virtual/remote) with UltraViolet in virtual, US.
Director of Women's Basketball Operations with University of Iowa-Athletics in Iowa City, IA.
School Counselor with Institution Not Listed in Interlochen, MI.
Director of Health Services with Institution Not Listed in Interlochen, MI.
Data Operations Associate, New Graduate with Flexport in New York, Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Ang, NY.
>> more | add
Latest Member Activity
jenny martin just commented on a article entitled 'scholarship opportunity for those interested in cable, tv, print, digital, and internet sales!'. 11:18AM
jenny martin just became a new member. 11:14AM
oliver crump just posted a post entitled 'the most romantic places for first sex'. 12:25PM
oliver crump just became a new member. 12:08PM
elly moss just commented on a blog entitled 'testing 1 2 3 can you hear me '. 11:20PM
elynor moss just commented on a blog entitled 'phil jackson in conversation with john salley'. 02:27PM
antonia cummins just commented on a blog entitled 'where are the friends.....'. 02:44AM
antonia cummins just became a new member. 02:43AM
elynor moss just posted a article entitled 'the secret history of south asian & african american solidarity'. 03:08PM
david johnson just became friends with elynor moss. 09:23PM
elynor moss just became friends with david johnson. 09:23PM
robert gamble just edited his profile. 09:21AM
>> more | invite friends