Teaching kids to initiate with others is crucial to making friends and thriving socially.

At the same time, students need to learn what topics are appropriate with different types of people.

I have a friend whose young teenage son plays video games with other kids all over the world: London, to California, to their next door neighbor. The other day he overheard one of the boys telling another gamer through the microphone that their family would be going on a beach vacation to [city name redacted] and that they’d be gone for a week.

If y’all don’t watch Criminal Minds as much as I do, you never tell strangers when you’ll be away from your house! But this day and age, people across the globe that you play video games with every day feel like friends, when you don’t truly know who they are.

So it’s increasingly more important to teach kids boundaries for their communication.

Topics that are appropriate with family may not be appropriate with stranger or acquaintance. Topics that are appropriate with friends on the school yard may not be appropriate for Christmas dinner with Grandma.

This activity allows students and educators to come up with appropriate and inappropriate topics of conversation with different types of people, as these can be subjective regionally and culturally.

Download the printable here.

appropriate and inappropriate topics of conversation