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 events. Each guide includes a topic summary, questions to start the conversation and dig deeper, ideas for taking action and additional resources.

Draw Me Safe: Coloring and Conversation about a Pandemic

Animal Drawing with Message "Check in With Each Other"

© 2020 Ricardo Levins Morales

The global coronavirus pandemic has impacted every aspect of our lives. For educators, parents, families members and others who work with children, it can be challenging to talk with young people about what it means to stay safe, healthy and be physically distant from one other.

From Ricardo Levins Maroles' “What to Do in a Pandemic… Our Cousins Know” series, use these coloring pages to be creative, pass the time, relieve stress and engage in family conversations about how to stay safe and well. As you talk with children about this topic, ask open-ended questions that deepen the conversation, be mindful not to judge their responses, listen actively and be alert for signs of distress.


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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.

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.