First lady visits Microsoft to discuss online safety for kids

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.

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.

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