FREE: Debate Cards for Teens – Children’s Mental Health Week 2024

24 fun and thought-provoking debate topics for teens to use this Children's Mental Health Week 2024. Encourage your teens to express their opinions and construct healthy arguments with their peers with our topical and current debate questions - perfect for individual or group use.

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Help your teens realise the true power of their voice with our 24 downloadable debate questions for teens. This is a great activity to do during Children's Mental Health Week 2024.

This year's theme is "My Voice Matters," a powerful theme of self-advocacy and expression. This resource will help children feel confident in expressing their opinions and learn that their thoughts and opinions matter.

Why debate? 
Across the pond, debate teams are common in schools and even debate tournaments are held between schools to encourage critical thinking and communication skills. In the UK, we don't often hold healthy debates, which can help children to explore and accept different viewpoints and opinions. In fact, there are so many benefits of opening up debates in your home or classroom, here are just a few below!
  1. Developing Critical Thinking Skills: Debating encourages teens to think critically, analyse information and develop reasoned arguments. It helps them become adept at evaluating evidence, considering different perspectives, and making well-informed decisions—a crucial skill applicable throughout their academic and professional lives.
  2. Effective Communication: Through debate, young people hone their communication skills, learning to articulate ideas clearly and persuasively. They learn to express themselves with confidence, a valuable asset in personal relationships, academic settings, and future careers.
  3. Confidence Building: Public speaking can be a daunting task, but debating helps teens build confidence in expressing their thoughts in front of an audience. The experience of presenting arguments and engaging in conversation with their peers boosts self-esteem and resilience.
  4. Respect for Diverse Perspectives: Debating exposes young people to a range of viewpoints, helping them appreciate diversity of thought. They learn to respect opposing opinions, fostering a more inclusive and open-minded worldview. This skill is invaluable in promoting tolerance and understanding.
  5. Quick Thinking and Adaptability: In the fast-paced environment of a debate, teens must think on their feet and respond to challenges spontaneously. This promotes quick thinking, adaptability, and the ability to handle unexpected situations—an asset in various aspects of life.
  6. Conflict Resolution Skills: Debating teaches our young people how to navigate conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner. They learn to listen actively, find common ground, and negotiate effectively—a skill set that extends beyond the debate arena into their personal relationships.
  7. Enhanced Persuasion Skills: Art of persuasion is a key element of debating. Teens learn how to present compelling arguments and persuade others to see their point of view. This skill is valuable not only in formal debates but also in negotiations, leadership roles, and everyday interactions.

Ready for some health debate? Download our Debate Cards for Teens now!