美国第一夫人演讲:“BE BEST”活动 促进儿童的健康发展

2018-05-22 09:34



    Thank you. Good afternoon. Welcome to the White House. As a mother and as First Lady, it concerns me that in today’s fast-paced and ever-connected world, children can be less prepared to express or manage their emotions and oftentimes turn to forums [forms] of destructive or addictive behavior, such as bullying, drug addiction or even suicide.


  I feel strongly that, as adults, we can and should be best at educating our children about the importance of a healthy and balanced life.


  So today, I’m very excited to announce BE BEST, an awareness campaign dedicated to the most valuable and fragile among us – our children. (Applause.)

  因此,今天,我非常激动地宣布启动Be Best,旨在帮助我们中间那些珍贵的、脆弱的孩子们。(掌声)。

  There is one goal to BE BEST – and that is to educate children about the many issues they are facing today. If we truly listen to what our kids have to say, whether it be their concerns or ideas, adults can provide them the support and tools they need to grow up to be happy and productive adults who contribute positively to society and their global communities.


  At the same time, children deserve every opportunity to enjoy their innocence. Every child should know it is safe to make mistakes and that there are supportive adults and friends nearby to catch them if they fall. We also need to be mindful that they should learn to trust in themselves and their own emotions.


  I believe our responsibility lies in the critical time before a child reaches adulthood. Let us teach children the importance of all aspects of their wellbeing, which includes social, emotional, and physical health.


  There are too many critical issues facing children today, so the three main pillars of BE BEST will include wellbeing, social media use, and opioid abuse.

  今天的儿童面临着许多严峻问题,所以Be Best活动中三个重要的因素包括幸福感、社交媒体使用以及阿片类药物滥用。

  Together, I believe we should strive to provide kids with the tools they need to cultivate their social and emotional health.


  We can and should teach children the importance of social and self-awareness, positive relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.


  Once a child understands these vital skills, they will be able to communicate openly with one another and instill positive feelings of mutual respect, compassion, and self-esteem.


  Let us teach our children the difference between right and wrong, and encourage them to be best in their individual paths in life.


  Take, for example, Christian Bucks, a young man from York, Pennsylvania, who is here with us today. When he was in second grade, Christian introduced the “Buddy Bench” at his elementary school to address loneliness and help other kids build new friendships. The Buddy Bench allows classmates to connect during recess and helps ensure that no student feels lonely. If a child sits on the bench, it signals other students to come over and ask them to play.

  以今天和我们在一起克里斯蒂安.巴克斯为例,他是来自宾夕法尼亚州约克市的一名年轻人。二年级的时候,克里斯蒂安在他的小学里引入了“Buddy Bench”来解决孤独和帮助其他孩子建立新的友谊。在课间休息时,Buddy Bench可以让同学们相互联系,帮助确保没有学生感到孤独。如果一个孩子坐在长凳上,其他学生会过来和他们一起玩。

  Christian’s school and community embraced the Buddy Bench, and today, at least one can be found in all 50 states.

  克里斯蒂安的学校和社区接纳了Buddy Bench,而今天,在所有的50个州中至少有一个州还在坚持这一活动。

  Thank you, Christian, for your commitment to kindness. You should be very proud of your work, which is – I know has helped countless children. (Applause.)


  I’d also like to talk about Orchard Lake Middle School in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan. I visited the school in October as part of National Bullying Prevention Month to speak to its students about the importance of being kind.


  While I was there, I visited their Viking Huddle Class, which focuses on social emotional learning and teaches lessons about respecting others, inclusion, and being kind.

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