I was having a conversation with a 6th grade boy about "awkward silences". I'm not sure how we got on that subject (but imagine that could be a blog post for another day). Since he is one who likes to talk, I asked if he ever experiences awkward silence. He didn't have to think about it too long before he said "well- we did start sex ed in health last week..."
Luckily there's a lot to learn in silence.