5 Days of Get Your Teenager Talking- DAY 1

talking-with-teensEach day in my blog this week I’m going to give you a little somethin’ you can use to provoke meaningful conversations with young people. My brand new book, Get Your Teenager Talking has 180 conversation springboards that “get teenagers talking”… I thought I’d share some with you. I’ll give you one each day this week:

Conversation Springboard No. 1:
A nationwide survey asked people about the appropriate use of cell phones in social settings such as mealtimes, meetings, and in classrooms. The answers varied considerably by the respondent’s age. The younger the person, the more they perceived texting as permissible in social settings. For example, 50 percent of younger people—ages eighteen to twenty-nine—considered texting during a meal permissible, compared with only 15 percent of those age thirty and older.

Why do you think younger people find it more appropriate to text during meals and meetings?

Follow-Up Questions

  • Do you think it’s appropriate to text during a meal? Explain.
  • Why do you think the majority of people thirty and older find this rude?
  • When a young person is dining or meeting with someone older, how much should the younger person consider the older person’s sense of etiquette?
  • How much should the older person consider the younger person’s sense of etiquette?

Insight Into the Question

This question stimulates young people to think about their manners and how others perceive them.

Quick Additions

  • What are some other habits that young people tolerate but older people don’t?
  • Why do you think this is?
  • Who needs to change?Get-Your-Teenager-Talking


“The perfect tool for connecting with today’s teenagers”
-Dr. Kevin Leman, author of Have a New Teenager by Friday

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices, If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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