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Two truths, one lie

Fudge the facts and tease out the truth as you get to know everyone around you.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Device with access to the internet

Before you begin

  • This is a great activity to run during an online session. Check out the advice on using Zoom and other popular digital platforms and the guidance on being safe online.
  • Set up your video call on your chosen platform and send out the invites. Consider having a test call beforehand to make sure everything is working.

Fact or fiction

  1. Everyone should take a couple of minutes to come up with two true facts and one lie about themselves. People should try to make all of the facts about as believable as each other so it’s tricky to tell which one’s the lie. They could choose two outlandish truths or a really authentic lie.
  1. The first person should read out their truths and lie to the rest of the group.
  2. Everyone should take it in turns to ask some questions that help them figure out which statement is a lie.
  3. Everyone should vote on which statement they think is the lie.
  1. The person who went first should reveal which statement was a lie.
  1. The next person should read out their statements and everyone should repeat steps three to five.
  2. Everyone should keep playing until they’ve all had a turn at revealing their lie – and know each other that little bit better.

Reflection

This activity is designed as an icebreaker to help everyone get to know each other a little better. Making people feel welcome and comfortable is really important, whether you play a game or have a friendly, inclusive chat.

How could people make others feel welcome and comfortable, especially if they’re new? People could think about making an effort to ask them a question, giving them a turn in a game or a role in an activity, or helping introduce them to everyone else.

Safety

Online safety

Supervise young people when they’re online and give them advice about staying safe.

For more support around online safety or bullying, check out the NSPCC website. If you want to know more about specific social networks and games, Childnet has information and safety tips for apps. You can also report anything that’s worried you online to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command.

As always, if you’ve got concerns about a young person’s welfare (including their online experiences), follow the Yellow Card reporting processes.