Watching TED Talks are kind of like watching NETFLIX series: it’s so addictive. TED, if you didn’t already know,  is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. The talks cover almost any issue from science and well being to fashion and technology and are presented by just about anyone.  We wanted to find the best and most inspiring TED talks that every teen should watch and it was a hard task. We watched dozens of presentations but honed it down to our top ten which cover a range of interesting and inspiring topics.

10 TED Talks every teen should watch *

* as every teen is different we recommend parents to watch these TED Talks in advance to assess suitability.



The disarming case to act right now on climate change – GRETA THUNBERG (11m, 12 sec)

A truly inspiring talk by the passionate 16 year old Swedish climate change activist, Greta Thunberg. 


Dare to dream big – Isabella Rose Taylor (8m 50 sec)

This talk was given by teenager Isabella Rose Taylor, a young fashion designer who dares you to think big and dream big about your future.


Lessons in self confidence from a teenager – Reece Doppenberg (12m 58 sec)

Reece shares the steps he took to overcome adversity and go from a self conscious teenager with low self esteem to a confident kid ready to take on his future.


Looks aren’t everything – Cameron Russell (9m 38 sec)

As a model, Cameron Russell admits she won a ‘genetic lottery’ but her talk takes a wry look at the superficial nature of a career in modelling.


Girl up – The secrets to an extraordinary life – Courtney Ferrell (15m 02 sec)

This ‘Girl Up’ talk  empowers young women to take full advantage of their gifts, their independence, and their possibilities in order to create an extraordinary life for themselves


A lesson from a volunteer firefighter – Mark Bezos (4m 41sec)

A heartwarming lesson, suitable for any age, of a volunteer firefighter who tells of an act of heroism that didn’t go quite as expected.


10 ways to have a better conversation – Celeste Headlee (11m 45 sec)

In this insightful talk, Celese Headlee shares her top ten tips on how to have a better conversation and learn to actually listen actively. 


Leading with Lollipops – Drew Dudley (6m 21)

In this amusing talk by Drew Dudley, he explains how leadership isn’t quite as text book as you think.


Social Media Addiction – Leslie Coutterand (13m 05 sec)

An engaging French TV star shares her awakening to the truth behind a vacuous, self-absorbed social media lifestyle.


Why some of us don’t have one true calling – Emile Wapnier (12m 27 sec)

For any teen (or adult) who doesn’t know quite what they want to be when they grow up and have multi interests. Emile sheds light on how these ‘multipotentialites’ have so much to offer and how to hone their potential.