President should rise above cyberbullying

One of the hot topics now regarding teens, and well it should be, is cyberbullying, which involves the use of the internet to spread information — typically bad — about someone else.

It can come in the form of an Instagram photo, Facebook post or Twitter tweet.

Youngsters don’t always have the discretion or maturity to refrain from cyberbullying, which makes the victim of such an attack often unable to handle it well.

The statistics are grim. The Centers for Disease Control said suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people. Unfortunately, Yale University studies point to bullying victims being two to nine times more likely to consider killing themselves than non-victims.

Of course, adults use social media as well.

You’d think people beyond the teen years would have acquired some maturity over the years, but some of President Donald Trump’s recent tweets indicate otherwise.

Last week, Trump posted several tweets about “Morning Joe” co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough. He tweeted the show is “poorly rated,” which probably isn’t the worst tweet ever posted about anyone. However, he also called the two disparaging names, noting she was “bleeding badly from a face-lift.”

Even some Republican lawmakers took the president to task about making such personal attacks.

A CNN article mentioned Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who asked Trump in a tweet if he wants to be remembered for his tweets or his accomplishments.

The article quoted other legislators, such as GOP Sen. Ben Sasse from Nebraska, who tweeted: “Please just stop. This isn’t normal and it’s beneath the dignity of your office.”

On Sunday, Trump posted on his official Twitter account a 28-second mock video that shows him pummeling a man in a business suit, with his face obscured by a CNN logo, outside a wrestling ring. Bruce Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, condemned the video in a CNN story, noting it was “beneath the office of the presidency.”

Granted, Trump was disparaging other adults who, we hoped, can rise above all these shenanigans. However, as president of the United States, he is supposed to show an example of good behavior.

Posting negative tweets is not such an example.

If he feels slighted in some way, Trump should respond in an appropriate public manner, not childish insults that show thin skin.

This is good advice, not only for the president but for anyone, adults or youngsters.

Cyberbullying has no place anywhere.

Mining Journal (Marquette)

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