Table Talk: Family Conversations about Current Events

  • For Parents, Families, and Caregivers
Family Sitting Around Table at Mealtime

About Table Talk

Parents and family members often want to discuss current events and the news of the day. It's a great opportunity to engage children in rich conversation, impart important values and encourage lifelong interest in the news and the world around them. These talks can happen on the way to school, during a walk or over a meal together. Family dinner is a key time to have these discussions. Research shows that dinnertime conversation benefits the health, emotional and academic outcomes for children of all ages.

Table Talk: Family Conversations About Current Events provides parents and family members with the tools they need to engage their families in conversations about important news stories and other timely discussions about societal and world events. Each guide includes a topic summary, questions to start the conversation and dig deeper, ideas for taking action and additional resources.



The Rohingya Crisis: The Rohingya people are an ethnic minority group (the vast majority of whom are Muslim) in the country of Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist country. Since August 2017, about 655,000 Rohingya people have fled into neighboring Bangladesh to escape violent and deadly persecution in Myanmar.

What is Net Neutrality?: On December 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to dismantle net neutrality regulations that were passed in 2015. This action reverses the FCC’s decision during the Obama administration to have stronger control over broadband.

Why We Need Diverse Books: In recent years, there has been a lot of attention paid to the diversity of children’s books, shining a light on the lack of diversity and amplifying the need for more children’s and young adult literature that reflects our multicultural society.

Sexual Harassment in the News: In October 2017, Harvey Weinstein, a very powerful producer in the movie industry for decades, was accused of sexual harassment by more than thirty women.

What is DACA and Who are the DREAMers?: On September 5, 2017, President Trump ordered an end to the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which shields some young undocumented immigrants—who often arrived at a very young age in circumstances beyond their control—from deportation.

Charlottesville and Beyond: In August 2017, a group of white supremacist groups convened in Charlottesville, VA for 'Unite the Right,' one of the largest and most violent gatherings in the U.S. in decades.

Confederate Monuments: More than 150 years after the Civil War, there is a new drive to remove Confederate monuments. In April and May 2017, the New Orleans City Council voted to remove four Confederate monuments from their city.

What Bullying Is and Is Not: Bullying is a phrase we hear regularly but the term is often used as an umbrella to describe all kinds of mean behavior—from a rude comment to a conflict between two people to a one-time physical altercation.

Race, Perception and Implicit Bias: Two recent studies published by the American Psychological Association (APA) about perceptions and race led to these headlines: "We Think Black Men are Bigger than White Men (Even When they're Not)" and "Black Boys Are Perceived as Older and Less Innocent than Their White Peers."