Table Talk: Family Conversations about Current Events

  • For Parents, Families, and Caregivers
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About Table Talk

Families often want to discuss news stories and other timely societal events. It's a great opportunity to engage children in rich conversation, share important values and encourage lifelong interest in the news. These talks can happen on the way to school, during a walk or over a meal. Research shows that dinnertime conversation benefits the health, emotional and academic outcomes for children of all ages. Each Table Talk guide below includes a topic summary, questions to start the conversation and dig deeper, ideas to take action and additional resources.

Here are some tips for discussion:

  • Find out what young people know and use the summary information to expand upon their prior knowledge. Ask what else they want to know and research together to learn more. 
  • When discussing the topic, ask young open ended questions that deepen the conversation. Be mindful not to judge their responses and listen thoughtfully.   
  • Think together about a child-level action they can take; this can be something they do on their own or something you do together or as a family.

 

New Table Talks about Voting and Elections


 

Previous Table Talks

What is Net Neutrality?

On December 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to dismantle net neutrality regulations that were passed in 2015. Discuss with youth what net neutrality means and how this veto will impact people’s ability to express their thoughts and ideas online. (Ages 12 and up)

Hate Symbols

We see symbols every day in all aspects of our lives. Lately, a proliferation of hate symbols is increasing concern. Use this discussion guide to engage youth in conversations about swastikas and other hate symbols. (Ages 13 and up)