Social Media Snapshot Power Box

Our Introduction Letter

Dear Broken Arrow Families:

Our February Power Box reminded us of a quote by Audrey Hepburn, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” Those words certainly resonate with many gardeners. We are confident your family made the decision to believe in tomorrow and plant your tomato seeds. We personally know life gets busy, so if you haven’t planted your seeds yet…it’s not too late. You will be so glad you did!

Even though February is the month of kindness, you and your family are strongly encouraged to continue this simple act all year long. Allow others to reap the benefits of you sowing seeds of kindness.

This month, we are providing a snapshot of social media statistics. With social media being linked to mental health challenges among teens, it is important to implement healthy social media habits. We have suggested ways to help create healthier online habits in your home. Consider selecting 1-2 habits to implement immediately and then gradually introduce other healthy habits.

Let’s talk communication – it can be difficult with a teen. Likewise, teens may find it difficult to communicate with a parent or caregiver. We have provided a communication card, one side each for you and your teen to enhance communication. To further connect, we are encouraging our families to get outdoors and participate in a Photo Scavenger Hunt, which includes some local historical sites. We would like to thank our friends at The Museum Broken Arrow for providing each of our families with a free admission card.

If you determine your teen is struggling with their mental health as a result of social media use, please contact Rich Pawpa, Indian Education Coordinator, at 918-259-5773 for a referral to Indian Health Services. As a reminder, if you or someone you know needs support now, call or text 988.

Thank You!

Bobby Cook, 574 Foundation President


1. Family Goal Card

Our goal card for the month encourages families to review the Social Media Snapshot infographic and implement the healthy social media habits we provided. Review the communication cards and implement to create meaningful connections. Lastly, participate in a family Photo Scavenger Hunt, including a visit to The Museum Broken Arrow.



2. Social Media Snapshot Infographic

574 Foundation is providing a snapshot on social media among teens. With the rise of teen internet use, particularly social media engagement, studies have shown a link to mental health challenges.

With over 50% of teens acknowledging they spend 3 hours or more per day using technology, admitting to spending too much time on social media, and disclosing the difficulty in giving it up, it is evident our teens have a digital addiction to overcome.

We want to encourage students to replace online use with healthy offline activities. It is important students engage with their families, whether in conversation, eating meals together, or enjoying family activities without digital distractions.

3. Healthy Social Media Habits

On the backside of the Social Media Snapshot Infographic, we have provided recommended healthy social media habits for families to implement.

We are encouraging our families to consider selecting 1 or 2 habits to implement immediately and then gradually introduce other healthy social media habits. The gradual transition allows students to ease into healthier technology use and oversight.

As part of our social media habits, we are recommending families complete a Social Media Plan to balance online and offline activities.

4. Communication Cards

We have included a double-sided communication card – one side for the parent and the other side for the teen. Each communication side provides 5 ways to improve communication.

As parents, it can be difficult to communicate with your teen, especially as a result of their response, or lack thereof. It was important we equipped our teens with their own communication card, because what we found – teens don’t always know how to communicate effectively with their parents. If both parents and teens are actively implementing these 5 communication techniques, the greater chance of more connective conversations happening in the home.

5. Photo Scavenger Hunt

We have created a fun, photo scavenger hunt that will take families on an outdoor adventure in search of local historical places and wild vegetation.

Our scavenger hunt includes common foraged foods among indigenous tribes of Oklahoma. Foraging is gathering wild plants, fungi, nuts and berries for food or medicine. It is not only a way to connect with nature, but to spend time with loved ones sharing or learning the culture. Of course, we aren’t encouraging foraging, unless families have an expert forager with them.

As an added bonus, our scavenger hunt will take our families to local historical places with indigenous significance, including visiting the local museum.

6. Picnic in the Park

Eating meals together as a family can improve physical and mental health. Sharing a meal doesn’t always have to be around your dinner table, nor does it have to be dinner! Consider packing a picnic and enjoy your meal outdoors for even greater health benefits.

For a stress-free picnic, simpler foods are best! Don’t forget to bring a natural insect repellent, sunscreen protection, and blanket to ensure your picnic is both comfortable and enjoyable.

Whether you plan to hike, do a scavenger hunt, play stickball or football, make the most of your time together!

7. Swag 

 We have included in each box a fanny pack (waist bag, belt bag, or whatever you want to call it!). Yep, these packs are back! Whether our students want to sport them around school, hanging out with friends, or a hike, we think these are the perfect swag for a few necessities. As an added treat, we made sure to throw in a package of granola bars to refuel students when they are out and about.