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Cyber Bullying

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 With our students spending a huge part of their day in front of a screen whether it's zoom, the internet, email, Instagram, TikTok, or the many other social media platforms available, bullying has moved from the playground to the screen.  Learn ways to protect your student and what to do if an incident occurs.  Also, check out my November newsletter for more articles, videos, and tips on how to block bullies and delete posts from popular social media platforms.                                  


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In the app
  • Go to any post by the bully.
  • Click the three dots to the right of their screen name.
  • Tap Unfollow, Report, Restrict, or Mute. (Mute hides the person's post from your feed but keeps you as a friend/follower, and Restrict makes their comments on your posts only visible to them unless you approve it and they won't see when you're active or if you've read their DMs).
The bully won't get a notification that you've blocked them, but they won't be able to see your profile, posts, or stories. They will also see "User Not Found" instead of "Follow," and can still see your comments and likes on public posts. They can also still mention you unless you change your username.

Snap Chat

To block, report, or remove a person:
  • Tap their profile picture.
  • Tap the three dots in the upper right corner.
  • Tap Report if you want to alert Snapchat to that person's actions in the app.
  • Tap Block if you don't want the other person to view your Stories or Charms or send you Snaps or Chats.
  • Tap Remove if you don't want the other person to see your private Stories or Charms (they'll still be able to view your public content, though).
  • Note: If you want to prevent a person you've removed from contacting you or seeing your story, go to the "Who Can…" section in Settings and set each category to "My Friends."
To report a Story or Snap or hide something in Discover:
  • Tap and hold a Snap or Story until the little white flag appears in the bottom left corner; tap the flag, and then choose the reason you're reporting the content.
  • To hide something in Discover (if it's offensive, offers products, or just isn't interesting), tap and hold the tile, and then choose Hide.

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get ready for high school

Programs Jr. High Students & Their Parents Should Know About

Last month our 8th graders had the opportunity to meet with Grant High School Counselors to learn more about what Grant has to offer and choose their classes. One of my goals for Rio Tierra students is for them to start thinking about their future-through high school & beyond! I want to share some of the great opportunities that ALL Jr High students and parents should know about.
CTE Programs (Career Technical Education):
These programs focus on a special area of study such as the arts or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). CTE programs provides career, college, and workforce preparation for high school students, and include advanced training and the upgrading of existing skills so students are ready to work when they complete the program. Grant has 6 different CTE Pathways. To learn more about the district's CTE programs click HERE
ARC (American River College):
This is a program where students start taking college courses (on their high school campus) starting in the Spring of their freshman year and continue through their Senior year. When they graduate, they do so with a high school diploma AND a college Associates Degree. They just did their first two years of college! The benefits of this include: less expensive college, finish college faster, may lead to job opportunities and higher pay.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact your student's high school counselor.

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mental health for teens

This is such a hard time for everyone but it can be especially hard for teens given that so much of their focus during this stage of development relies on social interaction. Here are some things to look out for:
  • Changes in eating habits either eating much less or eating a lot more than normal.
  • Sleep much more or much less than normal
  • Lose interest in activities they normally enjoy such as video games, spending time with friends, being with family.
  • Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, or guilt with no real reason.
  • Having trouble concentrating or making decisions (if that was not their personality before).
  • Having thoughts or making comments about "not being here anymore" or "better off without me" or even mentioning death.

Everyone has bad days. It’s perfectly normal to feel down or sad once in a while. It only becomes a problem if there seems to be no real reason for your student's sadness or if the sad and low feelings last longer than they should. If those symptoms and feelings interfere with your student's daily routine it's time to get some help! 
To get more tips and learn how to get your student, a family member, or yourself some help click here and look through the newsletter for the info you need.

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5 ways teens ask for help

Lists 5 ways teens ask for help through actions

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Teens are getting less and less sleep.  Check out this infographic to see how lack of sleep can affect the teenage brain and ways to help everyone in your household get on a good sleep cycle.
                                    Affects of lack of sleep

Look at this chart to see how many hours of sleep we all need based on age.

                                       Sleep Duration

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suicide prevention

Having a conversation or asking your teen three questions could save their lives. Read about the warning signs and what to do. 
                         Suicide is Preventable

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The Hidden Dangers of Vaping, why it is bad for teens.
Facts about vaping-how much did these parents know?
Check out Vaping Facts Flyer located in the upper left of this page under August parent resources. 

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Vaping/smoking intervention program

Does your student vape or smoke? We provide intervention counseling and cessation resources for students attending Twin Rivers Unified School District.  To refer your son/daughter to these resources please contact:
Scott Kazer
Program Specialist, Student Services
(916) 566-1600 ext. 33222
Jeremy Combs
Program Specialist, Student Services
(916) 566-1600 ext. 33224 
Click here for more information
OR visit Twin Rivers webpage on Tobacco Use and Prevention