Debate topics for kids should have opposing sides and be personally relevant, such as "Television is a bad influence." Other discussion ideas that affect individuals include "It is unethical to eat meat," "Peer pressure is more beneficial than harmful," and "Violent video games should be banned."
Topics that concern education are appropriate. Examples are "Junk food should be banned in schools," "School should be year-round," "Cellular phones should be allowed in schools," and "Schools should not use standardized tests."
However, debate issues do not have to touch students on an individual and daily basis to be important to them. Political themes that are suitable include, "The United States should lower the voting age," "Our country should eliminate its own weapons of mass destruction," "There should be a draft for military service," and "The United States should pay reparations for slavery."
Debates about sports appeal to students. Possible areas to cover are "College athletes should be paid," "Boxing should be banned," "Junior high and high school teams should randomly test their athletes for drug use," and "Professional athletes should be role models."
Pop culture topics for debates that are of interest include "Rap music does more harm than good," "Parents should not purchase war toys for their children," and "Adult-oriented cartoons should only be broadcast on television after 10 p.m."