Counselor Connection

Woodside K-8 * May 2021

Media and Digital Citizenship

Hello Cougars!

Our children's connection to media is everywhere, especially now that we have been home this year. There are many great uses for technology and media that provide access to education and learning. There are also dangers in the media that as parents and educators we are tasked to protect our children from. With all the amazing advances in technology, we cannot forget how to protect our children from media that is not age appropriate and promote digital citizenship. Digital citizenship refers to the responsible use of technology and how to connect through digital tools.

It is important to remember that children's brains are not fully developed, specifically the part of the brain (pre-frontal cortex) that is responsible for critical thinking, judgment, problem solving and impulse control. When a child or adolescent views negative content through the media, their feelings and behaviors can be impacted. On the other hand, when technology is not used appropriately, it can lead to cyberbullying, irresponsible media use and lack of safety on the internet. Teaching out children responsible uses of technology can help them grow to be productive members of society.

Tips for setting media guidelines:

  • Limit the amount of screen time to 1-2 hours a day
  • Model screen-free times, like during dinner
  • Keep children's bedrooms free of screen media (TVs, game systems, computers, etc.)
  • Preview media that your child is interested in before you allow them to view/play
  • Review social media sites, like TikTok and Instagram, and monitor usage
  • Use your parental judgment

For more information and research about media use and children, visit:

Rachel Garcia

School Counselor

(916) 314-5271

Character Trait: Sportsmanship and Fairness

"But that's not fair!" This could be one of the most commonly heard complaints. Sometimes it is easier to point out something that is unfair, rather than something that is fair. It is normal for children to compare themselves to siblings or friends or feel jealous.

  • Fairness: This means to be fair and just in dealing with everyone; treat everyone equally. Make decisions without playing favorites and don't take advantage of others. Don't blame others carelessly or unjustly. Take only your fair share, take turns, and share with others.
  • Sportsmanship: Play by the rules, be honest and take turns. Make sure that teams are set up equally. Let competition guide you to do your best, not get the best of the opponents. Win and lose graciously.

What you can do!

  • Find ways to share, take turns, and feel less jealous.
  • Ask people what you can do to help make things fairer.
  • Include others in games and activities; don't leave people out.
  • Respect people who are different from you.

The Underground Clothing Connection

Gently used clothing at no cost for San Juan Unified School District families and students in transition and need.


Wednesdays, 11am to 4pm and Saturdays, 11am to 3pm

By Referral and Appointment only

For more information or Referral, contact:

Kaylon 916-952-9797, Edith (Spanish) 916-979-8877,

your McKinney-Vento Liaison,

or email

You will be contacted by HART to set a time to visit.

Request for Assistance

For parents and guardians - This form can be used to request a check-in with a counselor for your student, and/or to get connected with resources.

Positive Behaviors at Home

Our San Juan Unified Behavior Support Team has put together a video showcasing methods and techniques for parents and caregivers looking for ways to encourage their children during remote/hybrid instruction and help form positive habits at home. The routines and practices modeled in the video–by San Juan Unified employees with their own children-include some normal struggles, and how to turn them into success!

Local Food Banks

San Juan Unified Family Resources

Below you will find a list of local food banks along with their website information. It’s important to visit the website for the most current and accurate information. Should you have additional questions, please feel free to reach out to the food banks directly.

Sacramento Food Bank


Please click on the link below. Families are able to put in their address in order to look up the food options closest to them. Families should call ahead or visit their website as some agencies may not be operating at this time.

Sacramento Food Bank - Emergency Response Agencies

Mental Health Resources

If you or your student is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest ER. If you or your student is experiencing a mental health crisis you can visit the Mental Health Urgent Care Clinic during business hours (10AM-10PM weekdays or 10-6 weekends) or call one of the following emergency numbers.

Mental Health Urgent Care Clinic

2130 Stockton Boulevard, Building 300, Sacramento, CA 95817

(916) 520-2460

24-Hour Suicide Prevention Crisis Line: (916) 368-3111

National Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255