Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling

On Thursday, June 15, 42 BTSNY student-athletes attended Life Skills: Internet Responsibility, hosted at Monsignor Farrell High School. Pete Hamm, Monsignor Farrell wrestling coach and computer teacher, taught the kids about the "dangers and benefits of social media, cyber bullying and the consequences, public image, and representing an organization in a positive way." 

Hamm made sure to discuss how social media can be positively used in regards to networking, being more socially and politically engaged, job searches, and dating. He also discussed how social media is negatively used for trolling, cyber-bullying, identity theft, home robbery, and invading privacy.  

Jacque Davis, Head Girls Coach, described the comprehensive nature of this workshop. Internet Responsibility "covered the good, the bad, and the ugly surrounding social media," said Davis. She also described how the kids seemed especially engaged with Hamm's teaching style and as a result "seemed to really soak up" a lot of what was presented to them.  

Hamm observed that the "hot topic" among the youth wrestlers seemed to be cyber bullying. "Many of them have been victims of it and/or a witness to it. It seems to be a growing issue in our culture,said Hamm.  The youth were extremely interested in ensuring that they don't participate in cyber bullyingHamm taught youth to verify information instead of simply spreading  it. He also emphasized that if something is shared in privacy, then it should be kept private.  

Hamm also gave this extra piece of advice—share positive content on social media. He elaborated that youth should refrain from posting or sharing negative content on social media platforms. Hamm even suggested that people will take notice if youth take the time to post positive content.  

Youth were also taught to be more thoughtful of the content they share online. Many social media users frequently forget that what they post online can't always be easily erased, even if they feel differently about the post at a later time. As youth learned in the "Job Readiness" workshop a few weeks ago, some posts that may seem funny now, won't be viewed as favorably by potential employers. Jaimie Ngai, a senior at Brooklyn Tech, shared this sentiment. "It taught me to be careful about what I post online, even though I might think it is funny now," said Ngai. In this vein, youth learned how to better protect themselves with privacy settings on their various social media platforms. 

Thank you to Pete Hamm for teaching an incredibly relevant topic. Hopefully BTSNY youth will be even more mindful and responsible with their social media accounts. 

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