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Measles Outbreak in Minnesota Caused by Vaccine Skeptics

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Doubts about vaccines helped fuel Minnesota's biggest outbreak of measles in decades.


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May 15, 2017

This two-step process will help your child accomplish something meaningful and impressive over the summer.

Best Friends Forever… (or Until We Go Off to College?)

May 08, 2017

Changing friendships is just one of many transitions that high school graduates will face; and for many it’s the toughest part of all.

One More Cupcake?...Promoting Self-Control Through the Ages

Mar 27, 2017

It’s not just about food. It’s about reaching goals, achievement, and stress management.

How to Utilize Your School Social Worker

Mar 06, 2017

To help you answer “is this normal?” and other important questions about your student.

Nurturing Kids Who Can Cope With Challenges

Feb 20, 2017

Try these tips to help build your kid’s coping skills.

5 Ways to Help Kids Build Healthy Relationships

Feb 13, 2017

How focusing on being themselves may be the most important part.

How to Celebrate MLK Day with Your Kids Today and Everyday

Jan 16, 2017

How you can apply Dr. King’s teachings to your kids’ everyday lives.

From Selfie to Selfless: How One Teen is Changing the Digital Language of her Peers

Nov 25, 2016

Miss America’s Outstanding Teen is putting her focus on giving to others.

Parents of Fallen Athletes Push to End Sudden Cardiac Deaths

Oct 25, 2016

Sixteen states require portable defibrillators at schools, and some say they must be available on athletic fields, too. But more than 30 states don't mandate the devices, which can shock the heart back into a normal rhythm, in the places where children spend the most time.

Is Football Safe for Kids? Study Looks at Brain Changes

Oct 24, 2016

Some worrying signs for this popular youth sport.

Watch President's Obama's Hilarious Sasha and Malia Imitation

Oct 18, 2016

Before he became the president of the United States, he was a father to a pair of daughters, who are now teenagers.

Family T.A.L.K: Creating a Safe Space for Family Communication

Oct 17, 2016

Tough conversations are never easy to have, but creating a space for healthy communication can strengthen relationships between parents and children.

Do Later School Start Times Work? Parents Say Yes

Oct 17, 2016

Many have argued that pushing back school start times would let kids get more rest. And now that schools are trying it out, the later start times seem to be working.

Mentoring as Student Empowerment

Oct 13, 2016

How two inspiring students mentored other students and learned more than they could have imagined.

A Hostile System? How Colleges are Responding to Campus Sexual Assaults

Oct 12, 2016

As college students cope with concerns about grades and fitting in, they are also confronting one of the most painful issues playing out on their campuses every day — sexual assault.

College Students Say 'Drunkorexia' Is More Than a Buzzword

Oct 11, 2016

A growing number of college are banning hard liquor on campus in a move to curb extreme drinking — but students are still getting their party on, and some are adding an extra element of risk to their binges.

Nasty Campaign Rhetoric Puts Parents and Teachers in a Tough Spot

Oct 11, 2016

The 2016 election is putting millions of parents and teachers in a tough situation — balancing just how much to let their children see and hear while also teaching them about civics and the world around them.

Rivals Refusing to Play High School Football Team with NFL-Sized Teens

Oct 11, 2016

Archbishop Murphy High School of Everett, Wash., has six players who weigh-in at least 250 pounds, along with three who weigh at least 300 pounds, prompting many parents and schools to raise safety concerns.

Teen Invents 'Sit With Us' App So No High Schooler Has To Eat Alone

Sep 30, 2016

The concept is simple: the app allows students to reach out to others and let them know they are welcome to join them at their tables in the school cafeteria.

Want Your Kids to Be Good Citizens? Start with Sports

Sep 26, 2016

You might be surprised how similar the soccer field is to democracy.

10 Ways Your Kids Can Spread Kindness This New School Year

Sep 23, 2016

Get your kids involved in #GoalToBeGreater with these ideas.

OpEd: We Must Seize This Teachable Moment in Civics

Sep 19, 2016

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor stresses importance of involving kids in American democracy.

The Most Important Relationship to Build This School Year

Aug 29, 2016

It just could be the single most important step you take this year in helping your child learn at school.

Adding Caring to Your Kid’s College Application

Aug 12, 2016

We chatted with Harvard’s Richard Weissbourd about why the college admissions process is changing and colleges are looking for good citizens over accomplishments.

How to Get Kids to Focus

Aug 08, 2016

Neurologist Judy Willis shares her tips for giving your kids an attention brain boost – without spending a dime or taking a lot of time.

From Athletics to Academics: How to Use the Olympic Games to Boost Your Kid’s Vocabulary

Aug 01, 2016

Parents: you may even be unfamiliar with some of these words!

How to Teach Kids to Manage Money

Jul 25, 2016

Hint: just handing over allowance isn’t the answer.

Who's the Parent Here?

Jul 11, 2016

How to keep your kids from turning into pint-size terrors and in turn, help them become capable adults.

14 Ways to Make This The Best Summer Ever

Jul 04, 2016

Don’t let the endless amount of time get you down. Here’s how to make the most of the summer months.

Parents Banish Teen to Backyard Tent for Theft

Jun 30, 2016

Are a New Mexico mom and dad being too strict in punishing their teen son for theft by banishing him to a tent in the backyard?

From Orlando to Public Bathrooms: How Parents of LGBTQ Kids Can Support Them in Today’s World

Jun 20, 2016

Now, more than ever, parents are faced with conversations surrounding LGBTQ acceptance.

Orlando Massacre Reminds Us Why LGBTQ Youth Advocacy is So Important

Jun 17, 2016

“It shouldn’t be at the point of tragedy that we acknowledge that people are people,” said David Johns.

How This Chicago Charter School is Defying the Odds

Jun 13, 2016

Violent crime statistics in the South Side of Chicago are staggering, yet many who live in those neighborhoods are optimistic and determined to create a better future.

First African American LGBTQ Youth Summit Advances the Inclusion Conversation

Jun 10, 2016

African American LGBTQ youth are gathering today in Washington DC to share their experiences at the intersection of black and queer identity.

'It's Going to Get Worse': Nearly 30 Percent of Teens Have Hearing Damage

Jun 07, 2016

Teens, with their earbuds jammed deeply into their ears, aren't listening to the message about loud music and hearing loss.

How to Make Sure Your Kid Goes to the Right College

Jun 06, 2016

Harvard educator says don't get caught up in prestigious universities.

If You Can't Say Anything Nice...Here's What To Say To Your Kids

May 30, 2016

It’s difficult to hear the phrase “Say something nice” without finishing the sentence, “or don’t say anything at all.”

North Carolina School Proposes Ban on Skinny Jeans to Combat 'Bullying'

May 26, 2016

While some say you can never be too skinny, in one North Carolina school, apparently your jeans can be.

Texas High School's $62M Football Stadium Raises Eyebrows

May 11, 2016

Controversy is brewing in Texas over the sky-high cost of high school football stadiums that has some critics saying the money would be better spent on education.

What Were They Thinking? Demystifying Common Core’s Math Methods

May 09, 2016

Whether or not we support the use of Common Core approaches in today’s classrooms, it is important that we as parents come to understand where these methods are coming from and what they mean.

See Students Console Teacher on Loss of Her Cat with 2 New Kittens

May 09, 2016

After they found out that the cat their teacher had owned for 16 years had died, students in Texas came up with a big surprise for her: two brand-new kittens. The heartwarming video has gone viral, Sheinelle Jones reports from TODAY’s Orange Room.

Elite Summer Programs Are Great, But Not Necessary for College Applications

May 05, 2016

With summer around the corner, high school students are deciding what to do once school is out — and many are looking for a way to get a leg up in the college application process over the break. One option many consider: academic and enrichment summer programs at college campuses across the country.

FDA: No More E-Cigarette Sales to Minors

May 05, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration released its long-awaited plan Thursday for regulating e-cigarettes and other tobacco products — and says it will ban their sale to anyone under 18.

#ThankATeacher: 4 Ways to Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week

May 03, 2016

To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, we talked to some of our Parent Toolkit experts from across the country to hear their ideas for the best ways to celebrate teachers.

Half of All Teenagers Are Addicted to Their Smartphones, Survey Finds

May 03, 2016

Half of all teens admit they are addicted to their smartphones and other mobile devices, and nearly 60 percent of parents say they think their teens are too tech-addled, according to a new survey.

It's National Teacher Appreciation Day! KLG, Hoda Toast Their Favorites

May 03, 2016

To celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Day, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb raise a glass to a few inspiring instructors who helped change their lives for the better.

#ThankATeacher: NBC Anchors Share Their Favorite Teacher Memories

May 02, 2016

This week, parents and students across the country are honoring their favorite educators for Teacher Appreciation Week. Hear from our NBC News colleagues as they share memories about the teachers and school staff that had a profound impacted on them.

Malia Obama to Attend Harvard University After Gap Year

May 02, 2016

President Obama's oldest daughter is going to Harvard after a gap year. Malia Obama will attend Harvard University in the fall of 2017, the president and first lady said in a statement on Sunday.

Having “The Talk”: What We Say Matters

Apr 25, 2016

Spring is a perfect time for parents to talk with teens about the cycle of life. Buds are popping, trees are blooming, and parents can take their cue from nature to talk with their teens about human nature.

Meet Kelly Hyles, Who Was Accepted to All 8 Ivy League Schools After Moving from Guyana

Apr 24, 2016

When Kelly Hyles was accepted to Cornell, she was in disbelief. Little did she know it was just the beginning. Kelly not only got into one college, she was accepted to 21.

From Orphans to Freshmen: Boys From Mozambique Head to Brigham Young University

Apr 20, 2016

Forced to live in a Mozambique orphanage after AIDS killed their parents, two boys found each other a world away and are now taking another big step together.

Pediatricians Turn to Meditation for Kids in Poor Neighborhoods

Apr 04, 2016

Doctors in Baltimore, Maryland are studying whether a form of meditation could help the city's children cope better with stress, which they say has taken a toll on these kids, who are living in a city filled with violence, poverty and unrest. The hope is to mend minds and hearts in a city that's still healing.

Warning to Parents: You Need to be Involved in Your Teens' Driving

Mar 21, 2016

While many experts says that too much involvement in your teenager's life can be counterproductive, statistics show that advice doesn't apply to driving. NBC's Tom Costello reports for TODAY from a driver's ed program in Potomac, Maryland.

Some SAT Prep Courses Accused of Charging Students Unfairly

Mar 11, 2016

A brand new version of the SAT was rolled out this month, aiming to better reflect what kids learn in school, and many students are preparing for the exams online. But as NBC's Ronan Farrow reports, some SAT prep courses are charging students more than others, based on location or possibly even race.

Father Bonds With Autistic Son Through Running

Mar 05, 2016

A father has found a simple way to bond with his autistic son by sharing some common ground.

7 Ways to Help Your Child Find Meaning While Reading

Feb 29, 2016

For children to develop true reading comprehension skills, they need to practice these skills over and over again. In honor of Read Across America Week, we reached out to University of Michigan Professor and Parent Toolkit expert Nell Duke to learn more about what parents can do to support their children’s reading comprehension skills.

7 Ways to Help Your Child Find Meaning While Reading

Feb 29, 2016

For children to develop true reading comprehension skills, they need to practice these skills over and over again. In honor of Read Across America Week, we reached out to University of Michigan Professor and Parent Toolkit expert Nell Duke to learn more about what parents can do to support their children’s reading comprehension skills.

Why Gifted Children Fail and How to Prevent It

Feb 15, 2016

While a great deal of emphasis is placed on helping students with low grades improve their academic performances, those who are considered gifted are often overlooked.

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Potentially Dangerous Mobile Apps

Feb 04, 2016

TODAY's Erica Hill talks with Matt Lauer about five apps that are potentially dangerous for kids, and what parents need to know about them.

Snowed In? 10 Ways to Have the Perfect Snow Day With Kids

Feb 01, 2016

While a day off from school is sometimes a much needed break for busy students and overworked teachers, parents can often be at a loss with what to do with this newly found free time.

A Critical Teen Relationship: Mentor

Jan 25, 2016

January is National Mentoring Month and the perfect opportunity for you to encourage a teen to become a better friend, listener and ultimately, better person.

How to Stop Helicopter Parenting and Set Your Kids Up for Success

Jan 25, 2016

Julie Lythcott-Haims, a former dean of freshman at Stanford University, joins TODAY to discuss her book "How to Raise an Adult," and how parents can help prepare their children to succeed at life without hand-holding.

Big Changes On the Way For the SATs

Jan 23, 2016

NBC's Anne Thompson looks at the changes taking place with the SATs.

Big Changes to the SAT: What You Need to Know

Jan 22, 2016

Beginning in March, big changes are coming to the dreaded SAT, including a new structure and a revised scoring system. Rob Franek, publisher of the Princeton Review's "Cracking the New SAT," visits TODAY to explain what parents need to know.

Big Changes to the SAT: What You Need to Know

Jan 22, 2016

Beginning in March, big changes are coming to the dreaded SAT, including a new structure and a revised scoring system. Rob Franek, publisher of the Princeton Review's "Cracking the New SAT," visits TODAY to explain what parents need to know.

Detroit Teachers Protest 'Horrible' School Conditions

Jan 20, 2016

Eighty-eight of 100 schools in Detroit have been closed due to a "sick-out" held by teachers upset with the conditions they are working in. MSNBC's Cal Perry reports on the protests.

Major Changes Proposed for the College Admissions Process

Jan 20, 2016

A new report released Wednesday and endorsed by more than 80 colleges and universities nationwide is recommending some stunning changes in the application process, including possibly making standardized testing optional or lessening its importance.

The ABCs of Decoding Teen Text Lingo

Jan 20, 2016

The TODAY anchors bravely ventured into the world of teen texting lingo, with Savannah Guthrie quizzing the crew on terminology.

Is Your School Doing Enough? Experts Weigh in on the Role of Schools in Parent Engagement

Jan 18, 2016

Are you satisfied with your level of involvement in your child’s education? It’s important for schools to acknowledge that every parent, no matter their background or life circumstances, brings unique strengths and perspectives to the table.

Mind-Blowing Math Trick Can Tell Your Age and Shoe Size in 6 Steps

Jan 18, 2016

No, it's not some modern sorcery — just a fun math "trick" that can figure out your age and your shoe size in six simple steps.

Texas District Tries Four-Day School Week

Jan 15, 2016

Texas' Olfen Independent School District is turning every weekend into a three-day weekend with Fridays dedicated to one-on-one tutoring.

Is This a 'Sandwich of Shame'? School Policy Calls Out Students Carrying Lunch Debt

Jan 08, 2016

An Indiana high school has been drawing attention for serving what some have called "sandwiches of shame" to students who have debts on their lunch accounts.

It's Freezing, But Boys Just Want to Wear Shorts! Should You Let Them?

Jan 06, 2016

Whether it's a balmy 80 degrees or a frigid 5, some boys insist on wearing shorts.

E-Cigarette Ads Target Millions of Kids, CDC Says

Jan 05, 2016

E-cigarette makers are pouring tens of millions of dollars into advertising their wares — and teenagers are getting the message loud and clear, federal health officials reported Tuesday.

Reality Gap Redux

Dec 16, 2015

When it comes to behabior, there is a significatn gap between reality and what parents think their teenagers are doing. Does this “reality gap” have consequences? It sure does.

Social Skills for the Holidays

Dec 14, 2015

Instead of simply assuming that kids will just pick up the ability to converse along the way, parents need to be intentional and teach children this vital skill.

One in Five U.S. Kids Has Unhealthy Cholesterol Levels: Study

Dec 10, 2015

One in five Americans kids has unhealthy cholesterol levels, and more than 8 percent have the most worrisome high cholesterol levels, a new survey finds.

One in Five U.S. Kids Has Unhealthy Cholesterol Levels: Study

Dec 10, 2015

One in five Americans kids has unhealthy cholesterol levels, and more than 8 percent have the most worrisome high cholesterol levels, a new survey finds.

American Academy of Pediatrics Issues New Medical Guidelines for Kids

Dec 07, 2015

The American Academy of Pediatrics is releasing new recommendations urging preventative testing for everything from HIV to cholesterol, depression to drug and alcohol abuse.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Shootings and Terror

Dec 04, 2015

In the wake of mass shootings and other highly-publicized incidents of violence many schools have lockdown drills regularly, and now parents face a dilemma: how to talk to children about what's going on.

Bill to Replace 'No Child Left Behind' is Passed in the House

Dec 03, 2015

The House has passed a bill to replace the controversial "No Child Left Behind" education law. It leaves in place the yearly math and reading tests criticized by many parents and educators, but it will restore the power of individual states to decide how test grades will be used in assessing teachers and schools.

See Which Colleges Malia Obama is Considering Attending

Nov 30, 2015

It's the time of year when millions of high school students and their families begin navigating the difficult college decision-making process. America's first family is no exception, as President Obama's daughter Malia prepares to head to campus - but which one will it be?

80 Percent of Parents Say it's OK to Put Monitoring Apps on Kids' Phones

Nov 20, 2015

Is it OK to secretly install apps on your kids' phones that show you what they're up to or lock their phones until they answer your text? In a new survey, 80 percent of parents said yes.

How Teens are Hiding Photos, More with 'Ghost Apps' — and What To Do About It

Nov 09, 2015

The sexting scandal that hit a Colorado high school has many wondering how parents could not have known what was going on, and how to keep their own kids from getting involved in sending explicit photos by text.

Making High School Football Safe

Nov 09, 2015

Frank Cutinella, whose son died during a football game, explains that changing the fundamentals of how safety is looked at for high school football can cause a significant change.

Making High School Football Safe

Nov 09, 2015

Frank Cutinella, whose son died during a football game, explains that changing the fundamentals of how safety is looked at for high school football can cause a significant change.

Graduates of Liberal Arts Colleges Earn Less, Report Says

Nov 04, 2015

The Wall Street Journal reports that students who attend top liberal arts colleges do not earn as much as those who go to leading research universities, at least early in their careers.

Will and Kate's New Cause: The Battle Against Cyberbullying

Nov 04, 2015

Now that they're the parents of two young children, Prince William and Duchess Kate have decided to take on a new mission: They want to sit down with social media giants like Facebook and Twitter to talk about what can be done to curb cyberbullying.

Kids Spend More Time on Digital Devices than with Parents or Teachers

Nov 03, 2015

A landmark new report is revealing how much time children are actually spending on their digital devices, and the numbers are troubling. Kids spend more time with their digital devices than with their parents or teachers.

Social Media Star Takes a Stand Against Living Life Online

Nov 03, 2015

After announcing that she "was miserable" living life online, one social media star changed her profile saying "social media is not real life" and is encouraging teens to unplug.

Doctors to Parents: Limit Kids' Exposure to Smartphone Radiation

Nov 02, 2015

A growing number of experts are warning parents to limit the time their children spend on smartphones. They say FCC safety guidelines about smartphone radiation are out of date.

The Sex Talk Works, Even if it Makes You Cringe

Nov 02, 2015

Parents, have that sex talk with your kids. It works. Researchers who looked at all the studies that have been done on having "that talk" with kids found that it really can influence teen behavior for the better.

At-Risk Teens Find 'A Lot of Pride' in SoulCycle's New Health and Fitness Program

Oct 29, 2015

SoulCycle has partnered with the nonprofit Children's Aid Society to teach healthy lifestyle lessons to teens from New York's outer boroughs, where healthy living isn't always discussed in schools or the community.

Redesigned SAT Test: 'No More Mysteries,' in Line with Common Core

Oct 29, 2015

A newly revamped SAT test debuting in a few months promises "no more mysteries" and is aimed at better reflecting what students have learned in high school, more in line with Common Core.

Obama Administration Tells Schools to Trim Standardized Test Time

Oct 26, 2015

For years, parents, teachers and students have complained about them and now a new study says all those tests don't make kids smarter, it's stressing them out.

Why Bike Riding is Being Prescribed for Kids Diagnosed with ADHD

Oct 19, 2015

Nearly six million children in the United States have been diagnosed as having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Many parents worry about the medications often prescribed to help the kids, what they might not know is that, help may be as close as their garage.

Have a Teen Girl? Compulsive Texting Could Be Hurting Her Grades

Oct 13, 2015

Some teen girls become addicted to texting, a habit that can seriously hurt their grades, according to a new study.

High School Football Makes Triumphant Return to Alexander, North Dakota

Oct 11, 2015

After 27 years of not having enough kids to form a team, high school football is now a source of pride for everyone in a revitalizing oil boom town.

New Site Allows High School Freshmen to Start College Application

Oct 09, 2015

A new online portal is enabling high school students to get started on their college applications when they're as young as 14 years old.

Guiding Our Children: A Parent’s Worst Nightmare

Oct 05, 2015

In honor of Mental Illness Awareness week, we wanted to talk to Parent Toolkit expert and school counselor Dr. Shari Sevier about how parents can support their children on a topic that is often hard to talk about. She shares with us her personal story and words of wisdom.

Teens Flirt Online But Find Romance Offline: Pew

Oct 01, 2015

Teenagers are savvy Internet and social media users, and regularly chat and flirt online, but very few make romantic connections that way, according to a survey by Pew Internet.

Are High School Football's Friday Night Lights Fading?

Sep 30, 2015

The death of a star high school quarterback has put the sport's violence back in the spotlight, while parents and schools cancel games or disband teams altogether.

'Something Needs to be Done': How a Personal Trainer is Helping Bullied Kids

Sep 28, 2015

A personal trainer in the Detroit area is making it his mission to give kids tools to combat bullies with something besides their fists.

3 Smartphone Apps That Can Help Keep Your Kids Safe

Sep 22, 2015

Last year, University of Virginia student Hannah Graham was murdered. Now three new smartphone apps are available for free download to help prevent such tragedies.

Experts Urge Parents to have 'Screen-Free' Dinners

Sep 17, 2015

A British children's expert says children pick up "technology obsession" from their parents and it can affect their mental health. He suggests parents not check their phones in front of their kids, have "screen-free" dinners, and limit a child to no more than two hours of screen time a day.

4-Day School Weeks? Study Says Kids Do Better with a Shorter Week

Sep 15, 2015

Should kids go to school only four days a week? A new study finds that schools that switch to four-day weeks see improvements in the math scores of their fourth- and fifth-graders.

Watch How These Cool Schoolteachers Make Learning Fun

Sep 15, 2015

It's Cool School Week on TODAY, and the show is shining a much-deserved spotlight on some of the most creative schoolteachers in the country. Dylan Dreyer and Natalie Morales look at a social studies teacher who demonstrates how Michelangelo painted while lying on his back, a Georgia instructor who dramatizes action verbs by standing on her head, and other innovative educators.

Why High School Should Start at 11:30 AM

Sep 08, 2015

Experts explain why they believe high schools should actually start after 10:00 a.m., and even as late as 11:30 a.m.

School's Social Media Monitoring Draws Criticism, Privacy Concerns

Sep 03, 2015

A controversial new program that allows school administrators to monitor students' social media accounts has some parents arguing that the program is a violation of privacy.

School Dress Codes Spark Wardrobe Wars: How to Handle It with Your Kids

Sep 01, 2015

With school back in session for much of the country, the end of summer brings the beginning of dress codes and disagreements.

4 Vaccines You Might Not Know Your Child Needs This Fall

Aug 31, 2015

NBC News medical contributor Dr. Natalie Azar tells TODAY's Willie Geist about four vaccines that parents should make sure their kids receive before Autumn starts, including the meningitis and HPV vaccines.

Have the 'Booze Talk' By Age 9, Pediatricians' Group Advises

Aug 31, 2015

Parents and doctors need to take the lead in talking to kids about drinking, and they need to do it before children try their first sip, the main pediatricians' group says.

Faced With Tight Budgets, Teachers Use Online Crowdfunding to Support Classroom

Aug 30, 2015

School budgets are tight, but that's not stopping one man who's using crowdfunding to help thousands of teachers and students across the country.

How to Create a Successful Study Space at Home

Aug 27, 2015

For some families, school is already starting. For others, kids are savoring the last few weeks of summer. Wherever you are in gearing up for the new school year, we are here to help.

Back-to-School Hacks to Keep Your Kids Organized

Aug 26, 2015

TODAY's Hack to School series continues with some help from Evette Rios of Latina magazine, who demonstrates some clever ideas to maximize locker storage and turn a shower caddy into a school supply organizer.

Freezable Lunch Bag, $4 Backpack : Must-Have Back-to-School Products

Aug 26, 2015

Lori Bergamotto of Good Housekeeping joins Savannah Guthrie to showcase products parents will want to know about as their kids head back to school, including the latest in bento boxes, backpacks, apps and locker accessories.

Right Foot Forward: Equipping Kids with Social Confidence This School Year

Aug 24, 2015

It’s back-to-school time and you’re likely in full swing ensuring your child’s reading list has been completed, a new outfit or uniform is laid out and the first day book bag is packed. But, are your children prepared with the vital social skills to kick the year off on the right foot?

As Students Go Back to School, Shortage of Teachers Causes Concern

Aug 22, 2015

It's that time of the year again when thousands of kids across the country prepare to end their summer break and head back to school. But will there be enough teachers to educate them?

5-Minute Back-to-School Fashion Ideas for Kids

Aug 20, 2015

TODAY's Natalie Morales and guest host John Cena go back to school and get some fun fashion ideas from style expert Jene Luciani.

Bigger Families are Better, Researchers Find

Aug 18, 2015

Children from families with four or more kids scored higher in self-esteem, resilience and social support in a five-year study in Australia.

U.S. Schools Kids Start Too Early, Study Finds

Aug 06, 2015

America's teenagers are starting school too early, in spite of a flurry of studies showing they need more sleep and national recommendations that school days start later, government health experts said Thursday.

'Rewards of Hard Work': Teens Are Making More Cash With Summer Jobs, Survey Finds

Aug 05, 2015

According to a recent survey by American Express Spending & Saving Tracker, 36 percent of teens aged 13 to 17 who earn their primary income over the summer — a 19 percent increase over last year.

Resolve to be Involved: The Benefits of School Year’s Resolutions

Aug 03, 2015

Join our School Year’s Resolution pledge! It's a great start for parents who want to be more actively engaged with their child’s academic and overall success.

Revenge Of The Nerds? Cool Kids At 13 Often Uncool At 23

Jul 31, 2015

If you ever sat at the edge of the cafeteria longing to sit with the cool kids, take heart: You may wind up happier than they are.

Gender Bias: New Study Shows Girls Unsupportive of Female Leaders

Jul 28, 2015

It may seem like women are in more leadership positions than ever before in history, but one thing still remains true: the gender gap is still very real, and gender biases still exist across all gender and racial lines.

Photography Program NYC SALT Teaches High Schoolers Life Lessons Beyond the Lens

Jul 26, 2015

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but it's not often that the photographer is the subject you focus on first.

Photography Program NYC SALT Teaches High Schoolers Life Lessons Beyond the Lens

Jul 26, 2015

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but it's not often that the photographer is the subject you focus on first.

Troubled Teens Get Help From an Unlikely Source: Wolves!

Jun 27, 2015

An alternative to more traditional rehabilitation program students at Wolf Connection graduate from an 8-week curriculum that includes emotional healing and job training.

Match Made on Facebook: More College Freshmen Choose Their Own Roommates

Jun 26, 2015

College-bound students across the country are putting themselves out there. They're not looking for love; they're picking who they're going to room with during their freshman year in an increasingly popular process known as roommate self-selection.

Paying for College: What You Need to do Now Before Your Teen Starts College in the Fall

Jun 22, 2015

While dealing with sadness of sending a child off to college, parents may find it hard to help their student focus on the tasks they need to complete before they leave for campus in the fall. We've compiled a list of important items to talk about with your child about before they start college.

The Superpower of Dads

Jun 19, 2015

In an ideal world, every child would grow up with a Dad or an adult male caregiver, who is an example of how to learn, love, grow, and give back to the community. Unfortunately, one out of every three children in our country lives in a home without their biological father, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Have 'Gratuitous' Childhood Graduations Gone Too Far?

Jun 18, 2015

An article on expresses the opinion that the significance of childhood graduations has diminished as children now participate in graduations for everything from nursery school to eighth grade.

New Report Highlights US High School Graduation Rates

Jun 10, 2015

Andrea Mitchell talks to John Gomperts, president and CEO of America’s Promise, and students Ryanna Thomas and Lashon Amado about the president’s goal of raising the high school graduation rate to 90% by 2020.

Improving Decision-Making Can Serve as a Child’s First Lesson in Goal Setting

Jun 01, 2015

Properly setting goals adds tremendous value to an individual’s life, and research has found that those who set overarching objectives for what they want to achieve tend to have a greater sense of purpose, maintain better relationships, and may even live longer. When getting your child started with goal setting, there are three tips to keep in mind.

Teen Drivers a Risk to Everyone on the Road

May 27, 2015

Motor vehicle crashes have long been one of the primary causes of death and injuries among teen drivers. But a new study by AAA finds that young motorists are also a danger to everyone else on the road.

Teen Drivers a Risk to Everyone on the Road

May 27, 2015

Motor vehicle crashes have long been one of the primary causes of death and injuries among teen drivers. But a new study by AAA finds that young motorists are also a danger to everyone else on the road.

Teacher Promises Students He'll Shake Off Final Exam if Taylor Swift Calls

May 26, 2015

Students at one Billings, Montana school are hoping a teacher's promise to them isn't something Taylor Swift will just shake off.

Seeing Double: 15 Sets Of Twins Set to Graduate

May 22, 2015

Fifteen sets of twins are set to graduate from Iowa's Valley High School this year.

Boy Scouts of America: Our Ban on Water Gun Fights is Nothing New

May 20, 2015

If you want to be part of the Boy Scouts of America, it's best to leave your water guns at home.

This High School Entrepreneur is 'Baking a Difference' in People's Lives

May 19, 2015

TODAY contributing correspondent Jenna Bush Hager meets Bree Britt, a high school junior who runs her own bakery with three generations of women from her family.

Special Needs Oregon Student Wins Prom Queen Crown in Landslide

May 18, 2015

When a special needs student at an Oregon high school expressed to her friends that she wanted to be nominated for prom queen, they rallied to get her name on the ballot — and the students of the school did her one better and voted in overwhelming numbers to have her crowned on the big night.

Student Turns Down All Eight Ivy League Schools

May 18, 2015

Ronald Nelson was accepted to all eight U.S. Ivy League schools, and he chose to attend none of them in favor of the University of Alabama. Nelson joins Morning Joe to discuss why.

Girls Fight Back Over School Dress Code

May 15, 2015

Some girls are taking on what they say are sexist dress codes. One girl got a detention for wearing a floor-length dress that exposed her back.

What's the Best Sunscreen? Consumer Reports Reveals Top Picks

May 14, 2015

With beach season just around the corner, people will be stocking up on sunscreen to protect them against burns, skin damage and cancer. But with more than 1,000 sunscreen products on the market, how do you know which ones are the most effective?

Dress Code Drama: Students Protest Crackdown on Prom Dresses Days Before Dance

May 13, 2015

It has been a distracting week for students at a Connecticut high school, trying to focus while a "prom gown panel" meets nearby, judging whether dresses are appropriate for the social event of the season.

Rise In Latino, Black High School Grad Rates Boosts National Numbers

May 12, 2015

National graduation rates reached a record high of 81.4 percent in 2013, in part due to the increase of graduation rates among minority and low-income students.

Study: Impact of Concussions on School Work Revealed

May 11, 2015

Researchers followed about 350 children from kindergarten to twelfth grade who suffered a concussion and found that 88 percent of symptomatic students had problems in school because of headaches, fatigue and concentration issues.

How to Get Your Teen to Listen

May 08, 2015

Mika Brzezinski talks to Dr. Frances Jensen, the author of "The Teenage Brain" which focuses on raising adolescents and young adults.

Study: Students Value Good Grades Over Learning

May 07, 2015

Princeton Review contributors Katie O'Brien and Hunter Maats talk about a new study showing that high school students value getting good grades more than actual learning, and what the findings mean for our education system.

University of Florida Admits 3,000 Students (Sort Of)

May 05, 2015

The students were told they'd only be admitted if they spent their first year taking online classes. (They weren't told about the stipulation before applying.)

How to Turn Test Stress into Studying Success

May 04, 2015

The end of the school year is fast approaching, which means students across the country will be busy taking exams and wrapping up their studies and final projects. While this may be a stressful time, it can also serve as a great opportunity to help children develop useful studying and test preparation strategies.

College Students Turn To Crowdfunding to Pay High Tuition Costs

May 01, 2015

More than 100,000 cash strapped students across the U.S. crowdfunded their education costs in 2014, raising millions of dollars in relief.

A Win for Everyone: Collaborative Games

Apr 27, 2015

Collaboration skills are essential for lifelong success, and engaging children in enjoyable collaborative activities from an early age can help improve their self-awareness, problem-solving, empathy and nonverbal and verbal communication. Here are some engaging collaborative activities your entire family can enjoy.

Teens Spending Heavily for Perfect Prom Night

Apr 25, 2015

A recent Visa survey shows teens spend an average of $900 dollars on prom night. For TODAY, NBC's Hallie Jackson shows the lavish lengths teens go through to have a perfect night.

Tips on How to Save at Prom

Apr 25, 2015

Seventeen Magazine's Michelle Tan shares some tips on how to save money in the pricey world of prom.

4 Ways to Upcycle Old Items for the Kids Room and Garden

Apr 24, 2015

Art director, decorator and budget design specialist Stacy Nelson shows Kathie Lee and Hoda some simple ways to turn items that you'd normally throw away into creative objects and crafts your family will love.

4 Ways to Upcycle Old Items for the Kids Room and Garden

Apr 24, 2015

Art director, decorator and budget design specialist Stacy Nelson shows Kathie Lee and Hoda some simple ways to turn items that you'd normally throw away into creative objects and crafts your family will love.

Experts Answer Questions About Transgender Kids

Apr 24, 2015

Dr. Michelle Forcier and transgender model Geena Rocero join TODAY to talk about transgender children, and some of the experiences they go through from a very young age.

Study: Many Foods Advertised to Kids Don't Meet Guidelines

Apr 24, 2015

Researchers looked at more than 400 foods commonly advertised to children. Of those foods, 23 percent exceeded the recommended limit for saturated fat, and 32 percent surpassed the limit for sugar.

Can the Excellence Gap in US Education be Closed?

Apr 22, 2015

Harold Levy, executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, discusses his foundation’s goal to close the “excellence gap” in grades K-12 through scholarships and grants for innovative initiatives that support high-performing, low-income students.

Waste Not, Want Not: How to Reduce Food Waste in Your Home

Apr 20, 2015

Earth Day is a great time for your family to talk about food waste and start building habits that can make a valuable impact both on the environment and your family’s budget. Below are 5 ways you can celebrate Earth Day and learn to cutback on food waste at home.

Writer in NYT Op-Ed: 'Kids, Look At Me When We're Talking'

Apr 20, 2015

In TODAY's Take, Natalie Morales, Tamron Hall and actor Ryan Eggold discuss an op-ed where New York Times family columnist Bruce Feiler writes that when he shakes hands with kids, they often don't look him in the eye. "We've become tech-obsessed," Tamron comments.

E-cig Use Spikes as Traditional Smoking Falls Among U.S. Youth

Apr 16, 2015

Electronic cigarette use among American middle and high school students tripled in 2014 while cigarette use fell to record lows, U.S. health officials reported recently.

From Newborns to Teens: How to Get Your Kids to Sleep

Apr 15, 2015

Are you a tired parent? TODAY's Willie Geist and Megan Colarossi have some helpful tips on getting your kids to bed so you can get sleep too.

Should There be Parental Leave for Kids' Teen Years?

Apr 15, 2015

A New York magazine writer says parents need to take maternity and paternity leave when their kids are adolescents.

These Young Inventors are Driving the Future

Apr 10, 2015

An anti-bullying band. A better bike helmet. Meet the kids that are inventing the future.

Meet the Kid Innovators Bringing Ideas to Life

Apr 09, 2015

Our colleagues at the TODAY show launched a "Make the Future" contest and looked across the country for young innovative minds who are dedicated to making great ideas come to life. The series is sponsored by Shell.

Teens Use Variety of Social Media, But Facebook Still Supreme: Pew

Apr 09, 2015

A Pew Research study of teenagers' online habits shows that while just about all teens go online daily, what they do and what apps they use vary widely.

School Tells Gay Student: No Dress, No Prom

Apr 08, 2015

A gay honor student is told that her Louisiana high school won't allow her to wear a tuxedo to prom.

New York Teen Harold Ekeh Gets Accepted to All Eight Ivy League Schools

Apr 07, 2015

A New York high school senior has a big decision to make - he was accepted into not one, but all eight Ivy League schools. A remarkable feat for anyone, but especially for 17-year-old Harold Ekeh, whose parents moved to the U.S. from Nigeria when he was eight.

Eight Ways to Bring Mindfulness into Your Family

Apr 06, 2015

Teaching children to be more mindful can help them to better understand their emotions and manage their reactions.

Parents of Benched Daughter Sue Volleyball League

Apr 02, 2015

When a volleyball league refused to let a student athlete transfer teams because she was sidelined, her parents took their case to a different court – and sued.

Is It the End of College As We Know It?

Mar 31, 2015

New tools are revolutionizing the way we learn, introducing a new way to attend college at a fraction of the cost. Kevin Carey, author of, “The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere,” joins the panel to explain.

Kids Sipping Alcohol Can Lead to Problem Drinking

Mar 31, 2015

Researchers found that kids who taste alcohol before middle school are five times more likely to have a full drink by ninth grade, and four times more likely to get drunk or binge drunk the first semester of high school.

“I Hate Math” – Ways to Instill a Love of Math in Kids

Mar 30, 2015

All children have the potential to achieve success in math if they believe that their perseverance can make them better. Here is some advice on how you can help your children feel confident about their mathematical abilities and develop their appreciation for learning.

Mom Uses Social Media to Correct Daughters’ Bad Behavior

Mar 30, 2015

Kathie Lee and Hoda chat about an Alabama mom who posted on social media to track down a mother and daughter who had a special trip to the movies upset by the disrespectful behavior of her daughters.

Hacking Your Bedroom: Teen Engineers Way into Laid-Back Lifestyle

Mar 27, 2015

Kshitiz Sharma, a self-proclaimed "lazy" senior in high school, rigged up his bedroom so that his blinds are voice-activated and lights will turn on when he walks in.

How Bad is the Student Debt Crush?

Mar 27, 2015

It's a trillion dollar problem that's causing many potential students to opt out of college altogether.

Teenage Tutor Writes Her Own Workbooks

Mar 25, 2015

In order to help her young cousins with their home, Stephanie Pang created and published her own series of workbooks.

School’s Ban on Prom Dress Styles Sparks Outrage

Mar 24, 2015

A Catholic high school in Pennsylvania is taking a hard line against sexy prom dresses. They’ve banned dresses with short hems or nude linings, and say too much cleavage is also banned.

Where Are the Costliest Baby Sitters in the US?

Mar 24, 2015

The national average rate for a babysitter is $13.44 per hour. Parents in San Francisco pay the highest rate in the U.S. at $16.65 per hour.

A+ Nutrition and Its Effect on An A+ Education

Mar 23, 2015

Research shows that without proper nourishment, children perform poorly in school and have lower academic achievement. So what can you do to improve your child's eating habits and prepare her for learning? You may want to try the following strategies.

College Admissions Inspire Angst

Mar 22, 2015

Frank Bruni, columnist for The New York Times and author of "Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be", joins Alex Witt to discuss the immense pressure students face to get accepted to the Ivy League and other elite schools.

Kids and Sports: Helping Kids Deal with Injuries

Mar 17, 2015

Dr. Answorth Allen, an orthopedic surgeon, and Dr. Marci Goolsby from the Hospital for Special Surgery, discuss the increasing number of kids suffering from sports-related injuries and how to help prevent them.

Teenage Astrophysicist Shoots for the Stars

Mar 17, 2015

Wilson Hernandez is among a group of teenage astrophysicists working at the American Museum of Natural History to develop a way to measure distance to far-away galaxies.

The Pros and Cons of Kids Getting Involved with Sports

Mar 17, 2015

Greg Jennings, former NFL wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, and Dr. Robyn Silverman discuss the pros and cons of kids getting involved with sports. Jennings says that, given the physical toll the sport has had on him, he hopes his son doesn’t play football.

Take Back Dinnertime: How to Revamp Your Family’s Favorite Meal

Mar 16, 2015

A new NBC News study reveals that 79% of parents surveyed eat dinner together most nights, more than in past decades. Family dinner is worth the trouble, especially when you’re equipped with these tips and strategies.

Is Parenting a Career?

Mar 16, 2015

The TODAY show anchors chat about an op-ed titled “Being a Stay-at-Home Mother Is Not a Job,” where writer Liz Pardue-Schultz says that being able to stay home to raise your kids “is a privilege, and calling it anything else is ignorant and condescending.”

New Kind of Report Card: Kids Rate Parents

Mar 16, 2015

Some parents are asking their children to grade them on their parenting, as a way of learning really matters to their kids. Darlene Rodriguez of WNBC in New York City reports.

College Expands Access to Low-Income Students

Mar 12, 2015

University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann joins Morning Joe to discuss how the school is becoming more accessible for lower-income students.

Students Put Geometry to Work With Life-Size Foosball

Mar 11, 2015

Wyoming high school students build life-size foosball game as part of lesson on geometry.

Would You Want Your Child to Join a Frat or Sorority?

Mar 11, 2015

After University of Oklahoma fraternity members were allegedly captured on video leading a racist chant, people on social media weigh in on fraternity and sorority life. Carson Daly reports from the Orange Room.

3 Things You Must Teach Your Kids Before College

Mar 10, 2015

In the latest edition of Parental Guidance, Willie Geist and Megan Colarossi go over some helpful kitchen tips to teach your teens before they head off to college.

Iron Maidens: High School Girls Build Robot in 6 Weeks

Mar 10, 2015

Bronx Science teen Juno Lee is engineering her way into robotics — and gender equality in STEM fields.

Pi Day: Fun Ways to Celebrate This Year

Mar 09, 2015

We spoke to a few of our Parent Toolkit experts, and asked them to give us ideas on what parents can do to celebrate Pi Day this year, when the calendar day matches up numerically with the first five digits of the mathematical constant, 3.1415.

Pi Day: Fun Ways to Celebrate This Year

Mar 09, 2015

We spoke to a few of our Parent Toolkit experts, and asked them to give us ideas on what parents can do to celebrate Pi Day this year, when the calendar day matches up numerically with the first five digits of the mathematical constant, 3.1415.

Making an Affordable College Choice

Mar 02, 2015

Understanding how financial aid works and what your family will be responsible for paying is key to finding an affordable college choice for your teen.

Standardized Tests? This Mom Says Bring Them On, the More the Better

Mar 02, 2015

Nearly every day of our lives, human beings are forced to jump through someone else’s arbitrary hoops, be it professionally or personally. Might as well get as much practice as you can, and become really, really good at it.

Why Parents Should Rethink Allowances

Feb 25, 2015

Slate magazine has issued new advice on allowances, advising that you should give kids an allowance as soon as they start asking about money. Slate’s rule of thumb: Start them at $1 a week and give them a $1 raise for each year they age.

Basketball Teams Banned for Both Trying to Throw Same Game

Feb 24, 2015

Two Tennessee high school girls basketball teams reached a new low last weekend by trying to lose the same game, officials said.

Educating Teenagers About Dating Violence

Feb 24, 2015

In recognition of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month, several states make a final push to educate teens and young adults about dating violence.

Five Ways to Boost Heart Health

Feb 23, 2015

Eating healthy and exercising can benefit the whole family, and it doesn't have to take all day or break the bank.

NYC Teen Starts Lucrative Baby-Sitting Business

Feb 20, 2015

Noa Mintz joins the TODAY Show to talk about starting “Nannies by Noa,” a business that’s set to make millions. Her personal experience with child care has made the 15-year-old into a bona fide Manhattan mogul.

Teen Dads Pass Mutations to Their Kids

Feb 17, 2015

Here's another reason to discourage teen sex: teenage fathers pass along six times as many genetic mutations to their kids as do teenage mothers.

University of Kentucky Has 113 Sets of Twins

Feb 17, 2015

A professor explains that there’s been a 76 percent increase in the birth rate of twins in the U.S. since 1980 – and quite a few of them have chosen to attend college in Lexington.

Reduce Anger in Your Household

Feb 16, 2015

The more stress there is in a family’s life, the greater the chance that angry emotions will spill out. What can families do to reduce angry outbursts?

‘Hey Bae’: Decoding Teen Slang

Feb 16, 2015

Kathie Lee and Hoda discuss the most popular words teenagers use in text messages including “LOL,” “ship” and “53X. They also try to decipher the ever-popular term, “bae.”

Controversial New App Tracks College Students

Feb 09, 2015

Class 120, the brainchild of Jeffrey Whorley, uses GPS signals to track student’s locations, and will send their parents a message if they aren’t in class. Some experts argue that the app could undermine students’ ability to motivate themselves.

Parental Guidance: You Can Soothe Your Throat with Marshmallows?

Feb 05, 2015

In the latest episode of 'Parental Guidance,' Willie and Megan share a few tricks to staying healthy using items found around your dorm room or kitchen.

How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?

Feb 03, 2015

Dr. Natalie Azar joins TODAY to discuss new recommendations by the National Sleep Foundation that say toddlers should have between 11 to 14 hours of sleep, while adults should have 7 to 9 hours.

Should You Tell Your Children How Much You Make?

Jan 30, 2015

A New York Times essay says that money is mysterious to kids, and suggests that by revealing your finances, you help clear things up for them and teach them a valuable lesson.

Study Links Youth Football to Brain Problems

Jan 30, 2015

A new report linking youth football to brain problems is the subject of a new NBC/WSJ poll, which asked parents if they would encourage their children to choose another sport.

Are Sugary Drinks Linked to Early Puberty in Girls?

Jan 28, 2015

Dr. Natalie Azar joins the TODAY Show to talk about a Harvard study saying sugary drinks could be linked to earlier puberty in girls, saying it’s important to limit sugary drinks to two per week and drink lots of water.

Football Fun: How to Turn the Super Bowl into a Learning Experience

Jan 26, 2015

It’s that time of the year again when the nation’s top two football teams battle it out on the gridiron in pursuit of the shiny Super Bowl trophy. And while this Sunday may be all about lounging and snacking for many families, there is a way you can help your child find out more about the game by taking inspiration from the field and turning it into a fun educational experience.

Football Fun: How to Turn the Super Bowl into a Learning Experience

Jan 26, 2015

It’s that time of the year again when the nation’s top two football teams battle it out on the gridiron in pursuit of the shiny Super Bowl trophy. And while this Sunday may be all about lounging and snacking for many families, there is a way you can help your child find out more about the game by taking inspiration from the field and turning it into a fun educational experience.

The End of Snow Days for Students?

Jan 25, 2015

A weekday spent home from the classroom and out in the snow with friends may soon not be an option for students not because of the piles of snow, but rather technology. Some students already complete assignments on iPads which means teachers could virtually send them their homework on “snow days.”

Celebrate National Mentoring Month with Acts of Gratitude

Jan 23, 2015

Research has shown that youth who have a mentor growing up are less likely to engage in risky behavior, and more likely to excel in their academics, participate in extracurricular activities and thrive in general. This January, in support of National Mentoring Month, you can help your child show his appreciation to his mentor through simple acts of gratitude.

Should Skipping School for Family Vacation be Illegal?

Jan 21, 2015

The New York Times published a report on whether pulling your kids out of school should be against the law. Some parents say it’s family time and important, but teachers say it creates a burden on them and can be disruptive to a student’s education.

Raising the Next Generation of Good Men

Jan 19, 2015

There exists a gap in the number of mentors that are available and the need that exists in communities across the country, especially for young men. To address this issue, our friends at Esquire Magazine recently launched their own mentoring project as a way to encourage men to get more involved.

Arizona Passes First-Ever Civics Law

Jan 16, 2015

Arizona is the first state to enact a law requiring high school students to pass a civics exam before graduation. The law will start with the class of 2017.

Community Rallies Around Teen Bullied on Facebook Over Prom Pictures

Jan 12, 2015

A high school senior looking to sell her junior prom dress was bullied on Facebook after posting pictures of herself in the gown. But the encouraging comments from people in her community drowned out the bullies' voices and gave her a boost of confidence.

Music Training Can Improve Child’s Emotional Maturity

Jan 09, 2015

Brain scans of over 200 children showed that those who played an instrument the longest had increased development in areas of the brain linked to attention, anxiety management and emotional control.

Obama Proposes Free Community College for 2 Years

Jan 09, 2015

In a Facebook video shot aboard Air Force One, the president said he would like to see the first two years of community college be free for anyone willing to work for it.

Vision Council to Digital Users: Beware Eyestrain

Jan 08, 2015

The trade association says that more than 90 percent of Americans are at risk for digital eyestrain. Symptoms include watery and irritated eyes.

Should Kids Be Allowed Cellphones in School?

Jan 07, 2015

New York City is about to lift a ban on children bringing phones to school after parents complained about not being connected to their kids during the school day.

Even Smartphone Screens Impact Kids' Sleep, Study Finds

Jan 05, 2015

For tweens who got a tablet or smartphone for the holidays, their new bedtime routine may involve Netflix helping them doze off. But don’t think that's better than watching TV before bed.

San Francisco Schools Transformed by the Power of Meditation

Dec 28, 2014

Silence isn't something people usually associate with middle school, but twice a day the halls of Visitacion Valley School in San Francisco fall quiet as the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students meditate for fifteen minutes.

Tanning Beds Lose Popularity with High School Teens

Dec 24, 2014

A study shows that the number of teen girls tanning indoors dropped by five percent from 2009 to 2015.

Teen Tackles Cyberbullying

Dec 22, 2014

After a Florida girl committed suicide due to bullying, Trisha Prabhu decided to fight back with an innovative science fair project that earned her national acclaim.

Nearly Half of Teen Driver Deaths in Older Vehicles

Dec 19, 2014

Researchers say that older vehicles often lack key safety features such as electronic stability control, more common on newer models.

Johns Hopkins Mistakenly Sends Acceptance Letters

Dec 17, 2014

The TODAY anchors chat about the university sending out acceptance letters to dozens of students whom they’d already rejected, saying it was “human error.”

Parental Guidance: Teach Your Teen to be Smart About Tech

Dec 17, 2014

In this episode of Parental Guidance TODAY's Willie Geist and best bud Megan Colarossi talk about ways to make sure your teen is smart about tech.

Mom’s Touching Letter to Daughter’s Stepmom Goes Viral

Dec 16, 2014

The relationship between a birth mom and a stepmom can be rough, but a loving family in Texas is fighting against that stereotype and winning.

U.S. Kids Favor E-Cigarettes Over Traditional Ones

Dec 16, 2014

American teenagers are smoking less than ever before, but they're turning to e-cigarettes instead, a new report shows.

High School Students Not Getting Enough Sleep

Dec 12, 2014

A study finds that less than 10 percent of adolescents get at least nine hours of sleep, the amount recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mark Zuckerberg Has Some Advice for Parents: Don't Ban Facebook

Dec 11, 2014

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has some parenting advice for folks who are raising kids: Don’t ban Facebook.

Parental Guidance: Teenage Relationships

Dec 09, 2014

In this episode of Parental Guidance TODAY's Willie Geist and best bud Megan Colarossi share tips for having the old birds and the bees chat with your kids.

Make College Costs Manageable for the Entire Family

Dec 08, 2014

Applying to college can be as daunting for parents as it is for 12th graders–only for different reasons. While students focus on finding a place with the programs and activities they like, as parents we worry about whether we can afford college. We don’t want to let our children down, but we also must live within our family’s budget. Not to worry. There are things we can all do to make college costs manageable.

Blow to Chest May Trigger Irregular Heartbeat

Dec 08, 2014

A 16-year-old boy developed an irregular heartbeat after a hit to the chest during football practice. It lasted several days before returning to normal. Doctors hope the scare can help other athletes.

National High School Grad Rate Surpasses 80%

Dec 03, 2014

Andrea Mitchell talks with Alma Powell about the challenge to keep national high school graduation rates increasing--an effort that requires a lot of support, especially in areas where many students are underserved.

How Many Calories in a Thanksgiving Meal?

Nov 25, 2014

The Rossen Reports team threw an early Thanksgiving dinner for one family, without telling them that every calorie they consumed was being logged and analyzed. The results were startling.

Should You Track Your Kids on Social Media?

Nov 25, 2014

Ninety-seven percent of TODAY viewers surveyed said parents should follow what their children say online. Kelly Ripa said she tracks what her kids post on social media.

Former ‘Tiger Mom’ Says She Was Wrong

Nov 24, 2014

The trend of “tiger parenting,” strict parents who push their children to achieve big goals, has been a topic of debate among parenting experts recently. One mom says we’re in danger of raising a generation of stressed-out kids if “tiger parenting” continues – she knows because she used to be one.

Teaching the Next Generation of Coders

Nov 17, 2014

Kwame Anku, director of strategic development at #YesWeCode, joins Joy Reid to discuss teaching African-American and disadvantaged youths how to code, joining the tech economy.

Willie Geist and Megan Colarossi Will Teach Your Teen to Drive

Nov 17, 2014

In the newest episode of Parental Guidance, hosts Willie Geist and Megan Colarossi go over some tips for new drivers and recall some of their first experiences behind the wheel.

New Book Reveals How to Sharpen Your Mind

Nov 12, 2014

Benedict Carey, author of “How We Learn,” joins to discuss a number of new ways to learn, enhance motor skills, and retain valuable facts.

Young Athletes Ignoring Injuries, Concussions, says Study

Nov 08, 2014

Youth and teen athletes are ignoring concussions and sports injuries, feeling pressure to play through pain, according to a new study by research group Safe Kids Worldwide.

Here’s What to Include on Your College Application

Nov 07, 2014

College admissions professionals Ashley Pallie and Christoph Guttentag, along with Katherine Cohen from Ivywise, discuss the qualities of a great admissions essay and why it’s important for students to come across as authentic.

Why this Couple Won’t Pay for Kids’ College

Nov 05, 2014

In their new book, “Guerrilla Parenting,” California couple David and Jill argue that their children should figure out a way to pay for college on their own.

Risk-taking and the Teen Brain

Nov 03, 2014

During adolescence, your child’s body matures and she becomes more self-sufficient and independent. These years also bring dramatic hormonal fluctuations, greater peer pressure, increased access to drugs, alcohol, sex, and the risk of unsafe driving practices.

13-Year-Old Basketball Star Recruited by College

Nov 03, 2014

A highly coveted Texas girl is making headlines for her decision to commit to a college. She’s accepted an offer to play for the University of Texas.

Experts: How, and When, to Talk About Sex with Your Kids

Nov 03, 2014

Psychologist Jennifer Hartstein and TODAY parents contributor Amy McCready discuss how to talk to your kids of all ages about the birds and the bees.

Students Finding New Ways to Sneak Pot into School

Oct 28, 2014

Colorado’s marijuana decriminalization moved the drug from the parking lot to the classroom and teachers are trying to keep it out of school.

Bullying in High School Football Locker Rooms Worse Than Many May Think

Oct 25, 2014

Locker-room bullying generated a lot of headlines in the NFL last year, but until recently, the subject has been largely off the public radar’s at the high-school level.

Tough Talks: How to Talk to Your Child About Drugs and Alcohol

Oct 24, 2014

Deciding when and how to talk to kids about alcohol and drug use can be a big decision. With all the other difficult conversations parents have with kids, this one might not be the most pressing on the agenda. But how your child approaches alcohol and drugs can have a life-long effect and serious consequences. To continue our series on these tough talks, we talked to a panel of our Parent Toolkit experts for their advice.

Tough Talks: How to Talk to Your Child About Mental Health

Oct 23, 2014

Mental health is one of those topics that is so broad and so complicated that many parents don’t know where to start when talking to kids. Some parents have family histories and therefore a reference point and example to draw upon when talking, while others must rely on news reports of tragedies. We spoke with a panel of our experts to get their advice on how to talk to kids about mental health, and how to know when to have those discussions. We’ve compiled their advice as part of our ongoing series on tough talks — making difficult conversations a bit easier.

Concerns Grow Over ‘Hallo-Weed’ Candy

Oct 23, 2014

As kids gear up for Halloween, police are warning parents about candy laced with marijuana in states where recreational cannabis is now legal.

Tough Talks: How to Have a Positive Influence on Your Child's Body Image

Oct 22, 2014

It seems everywhere you look there’s a message about bodies. Whether it’s song lyrics talking about “big booty” or the models in fashion magazines, messages and images about the definition of beauty are all around us. And it’s not just adults who are hearing it. Every day your child, daughter or son, is exposed to similar messages. We all want our children to grow up with a healthy view of themselves, both in appearance and self-worth. But how can you, as a parent, compete with all the messages your child hears outside home? We talked to some of our Parent Toolkit experts to get their advice on how you can be a positive influence on your child’s body image, whether your child is male or female, underweight, overweight or average.

Tough Talks: How to Discuss Divorce with Your Child

Oct 21, 2014

We’ve all heard the statistic that 50 percent of marriages end in divorce, and while that figure is still not entirely proven to be accurate, the fact remains that many of the children in our country will deal with divorce at some point or another. Divorce can be traumatic for the entire family but there are ways to help children through this difficult time. We asked some of our Parent Toolkit experts for their advice about the best way to help children navigate divorce.

Tough Talks: Having the "Sex Talk" With Your Child

Oct 20, 2014

It’s a question that can pop up innocently at a young age, “Where do babies come from?” but it can turn into an awkward conversation for all involved rather quickly. The birds and the bees talk may be one of the most important conversations you have with your child, but it can also be one of the hardest. It doesn’t have to be. There are ways to weave the conversation into everyday life. Resources are available to help when you can’t find the right words. We spoke to a panel of our Parent Toolkit experts to get their advice on how to make the sex talk a bit easier.

Are Mom and Dad Responsible for Kids’ Facebook Posts?

Oct 20, 2014

The TODAY Show anchors discuss a court ruling that appears to set a legal precedent about parental responsibility for a child’s online actions after a boy posted a fake Facebook profile to bully a classmate.

What Can Be Done To Stop Bullying?

Oct 13, 2014

We know bullying is harmful. We know a lot about how to prevent it. But bullying is still common. Why is this and how can we change this?

Football Hazing Scandal Grows

Oct 13, 2014

Richard Labbe, superintendent of the Sayreville school district, and Kevin E. Ciak, school board president, talk to TODAY about the criminal charges filed against seven high school football players over alleged hazing.

Is Artificial Turf Bad for Kids' Health?

Oct 09, 2014

In communities across the U.S., natural grass has been replaced with turf, which millions of children play on. Some are concerned the turf could be making people sick.

SAT vs. ACT: What’s the Difference?

Oct 08, 2014

The ACT and the SAT are both standardized tests that help colleges evaluate students and are accepted by all schools. So what sets the exams apart?

High School Cancels Football Season Over Hazing

Oct 07, 2014

A New Jersey high school called off the rest of its football season in the wake of widespread allegations of hazing of freshmen by senior team members.

Study: Sexting Not Always Linked to Risky Behavior

Oct 07, 2014

New research finds that sexting isn’t always linked to risky sexual behavior. Instead, it may be part of normal adolescent development.

Phone Distractions Linked to Teen Pedestrian Accidents

Oct 06, 2014

Forty percent of teens surveyed by Safe Kids Worldwide report either being hit by or almost hit by a car, because they’re too distracted by their phones.

High School Quarterback Plays for Opposing Team in Act of Sportsmanship

Oct 04, 2014

When one Mississippi high school football team lost their quarterback for the game due to injury, their opponents offered up their starting quarterback.

Texting While Walking: The Dangerous Traffic Trend for Teens

Oct 01, 2014

Two in five teens say they have been hit or nearly hit by a car, bike or motorcycle while walking, a new report finds. And lot of those scary situations involved electronic devices.

New Book ‘Positive’ Takes Stand Against Bullying

Sep 29, 2014

The latest selection in TODAY’s Book Club comes from author Paige Rawl, who was born HIV-positive and struggled with bullying. Now she is using her book “positive” to help transform lives.

Synthetic Drug Cloud 9 Linked to Several Hospitalizations

Sep 28, 2014

Cloud 9 is a legal drug that’s become popular in some high schools, leaving parents wondering how to combat it.

#ToolkitTalk: Developing Healthy Online Behaviors

Sep 25, 2014

@EducationNation teamed up with Parent Toolkit expert Faye de Muyshondt, founder of socialsklz:), for a #ToolkitTalk on developing healthy online behaviors.

Bullies' Homecoming Prank Backfires

Sep 21, 2014

A homecoming queen offers her crown to a girl who'd been tricked into thinking she was on the court.

The Dangerous Drug Parents Aren't Talking About with Kids

Sep 19, 2014

As TODAY’s “Secret Lives of Teens” series continues, NBC special anchor Maria Shriver presents the story of a young filmmaker who is working to combat the abuse of prescription drugs by teenagers.

Teen Breaks Dangerous Addiction to the Internet

Sep 18, 2014

As TODAY’s “Secret Lives of Teens” series continues, NBC special anchor Maria Shriver presents the story of a teen who broke free of an Internet addiction so powerful it made him stop eating and even led to him flunking out of school.

Concussion Sensors Aim to Help Young Football Players

Sep 17, 2014

Schools and youth leagues are trying to get ahead of brain injuries with new impact sensors that alerts adults when a player has received a potentially serious hit.

Kids Open Up About Modern-Day Anxieties

Sep 17, 2014

As part of TODAY’s “Secret Lives of Teens” series, NBC news special anchor Maria Shriver sits down with young people to discuss issues they commonly struggle with – and often keep hidden from their parents.

Is College Worth the Cost?

Sep 05, 2014

Tom Gimbel, president and CEO of LaSalle Network and Naomi Schaefer Riley, a New York Post columnist discuss the benefits of college and educational alternatives.

‘Helicopter Parents’ Now Hover Over Campus

Sep 04, 2014

Constant communication with “helicopter parents” – moms and dads who hover over their kids, even when they’re away from home – may have a negative effect on college students who need to learn to live on their own.

How Much Sleep Should Your Teen Get?

Aug 25, 2014

Dr. Danielle Laraque joins TODAY to talk about a new study suggesting that bad sleep patterns among adolescents are a serious problem that can impact their health and academic success.

Sending Your Kids Off to College

Aug 20, 2014

Although sending kids to college is hard for everyone, is it more difficult for parents? Barnard College President Debora Spar and Cornell University President David Skorton discuss.

College Upgraded?

Aug 15, 2014

The Atlantic’s Graeme Wood talks about the magazine’s cover story – “Is college doomed?” Wood also shares details about the Minerva project.

Guiding Our Children Through School Transitions: Off To College

Aug 14, 2014

Where did the last four years go? I think that’s the question that every parent of a high school senior asks him/herself at the beginning of that last school year. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself looking forward to having your child move out and on to college by the end of the school year.

Guiding Our Children Through Transitions: High School

Aug 13, 2014

So you have a high school student. You sit in the roller coaster car as you climb the incline of freshman year, sophomore year, then begin the crazy plummet into junior year and, ultimately, arrive at the end, senior year. These next four years will fly by, so hang on.

The Myth of the 'Freshman 15': How to Survive the College Diet

Aug 12, 2014

Lucky Charms for every meal? A whole pizza at 3 a.m.? Five energy drinks a day? Ramen noodles for breakfast? Yep, that’s right: the freshman diet.

Parents, Hang Up! Your Call May be Distracting Your Teen Driver

Aug 08, 2014

Worried your child is using a cell phone behind the wheel? You're probably the one they’re talking to, according to a new study on distracted driving and teens.

Which College has the Most Beautiful Campus?

Aug 05, 2014

Rob Franek of The Princeton Review presents the publication’s latest list of the best colleges in America.

Mom Punishes Teen by Selling Her Katy Perry Tickets

Aug 02, 2014

When North Dakota mom Cindy Bjerke felt her 18-year-old daughter had misbehaved, she took to Facebook to sell the girl’s Katy Perry concert tickets as punishment.

Getting the Best College for Your Money

Jul 28, 2014

Author of, “The Best Colleges for Your Money” in Money Magazine, Donna Rosato, discusses what universities will give you the best “bang for your buck.”

#ToolkitTalk: Talking to Kids About Drugs

Jul 23, 2014

@EducationNation joined Parent Toolkit expert Dr. Shari Sevier, Chair of the American School Counselors Association, and Stephen Wallace, school psychologist and director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Education (CARE), for a #ToolkitTalk on how parents can talk to their kids about drugs.

California Limits Tackling in School Football Practice

Jul 22, 2014

In the latest in a nationwide effort to minimize concussions and brain injuries, California passes a law that will limit practices with full-on tackling during the playing season for middle and high school students.

Focusing on the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Jul 22, 2014

Award-winning playwright and actress Anna Deveare Smith joins Joy Reid to discuss her new project, “Field Notes: Doing time in Education… The California Chapter,” which shines a light on the school-to-prison pipeline.

Study: Teens’ Cars Aren’t Safe Enough

Jul 16, 2014

With so many teens driving smaller, cheaper cars with little crash protection, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has compiled a list of recommended used cars for teen drivers.

Should Teen Sexting be a Felony?

Jul 11, 2014

Lawyers of a 17-year-old teen charged with creating child pornography believe that the law should be reserved for those who target children instead of teens voluntarily texting each other.

Study: Half of Parents Help Foot College Grads' Bills

Jul 07, 2014

TODAY's financial editor Jean Chatzky offers some sound financial advice to the Costabile family, who join TODAY to talk about having two college grads still living at home with financial support from their parents.

Rates Rise on New College Loans

Jul 01, 2014

Interest rates are now higher for students taking out new federal loans. It will mean an average of about $4 a month more for every $10,000 borrowed.

Imagining Career Possibilities

Jun 30, 2014

Imagining a career path can be quite hard for some students. To help us understand things parents can do to support their kids’ career exploration, we talked with Tammy Dodson, a Colorado high school counselor. She has 7 ideas to help teach your son or daughter about the variety of careers available after graduation.

Should Teen Athletes be Tested for Heart Defects?

Jun 25, 2014

Dr. Alanna Levine, a spokesperson for the Academy of Pediatrics, joins TODAY to weigh in on whether high school athletes should get EKGs, which can pick up signs of heart problems.

How to Help Your Kid Make a Good Digital First Impression

Jun 23, 2014

You don't get a second chance to make a digital first impression. You may have taught your kids how to shake hands and look people in the eye, but their social media profile might sabotage their future success.

More College Graduates are Moving Back Home

Jun 23, 2014

Matthew Segal, a millennial and co-founder of, and Jen Hartstein, a family psychologist, join TODAY to discuss the growing number of college graduates moving back in with their parents. They’re being called the “boomerang generation.”

Kids and Caffeine: A Dangerous Combination?

Jun 16, 2014

New research hints at worrisome effects of coffee and soda for kids. Even low doses of caffeine had an effect on kids’ blood pressure and heart rates.

Parental Guidance: Willie Geist & Megan Colarossi on How to Enforce a Curfew

Jun 16, 2014

"Since the beginning of time, teenagers have been trying to trick their parents into thinking they were home for curfew," Willie Geist says, as he sits down with friend and fellow parent Megan Colarossi to discuss some of parenting's greatest challenges.

CDC: Fewer Teens Smoke, More Text while Driving

Jun 13, 2014

A report from the Centers for Disease Control on risky behavior in youths says the number of kids smoking is down, but an alarming number are texting while driving, and carrying weapons.

Injuries and Early Burnout in Youth Sports

May 27, 2014

With the nature of sports becoming increasingly competitive, children are now experiencing higher pressure, more intensive training and an earlier focus on solely one sport.

Sugar and Low-Calorie Sweeteners 101

May 27, 2014

TODAY health and diet editor Madelyn Fernstrom explains what’s best for you and your family when it comes to sugars and sweeteners.

Sleep to Win!

May 19, 2014

Teenagers have no idea how their athletic abilities can dramatically improve over night. All they need to do is get more sleep!

A Teen's Guide for Parents: What Never to Say About My Body

Apr 30, 2014

As part of the TODAY series, "Love Your Selfie, Reclaiming Beauty," we spoke to young women and experts for advice on how to help your teens have a positive body image. Parents, here are eight things to avoid doing and what you can do instead to help build your teen’s confidence.

New Home of Cyberbullying? Yik Yak Gossip App Takes Off in High Schools

Apr 29, 2014

The smartphone app that launched last December takes cyberbullying to a whole new level, critics say: A growing number of users and a lack of accountability can be a dangerous combination.

How Children's Sleepy Brains Fail Them

Apr 28, 2014

Almost 40 percent of students in kindergarten through fourth grade have trouble sleeping and those poor sleep habits carry over into adolescence. But with a little help, parents can help instill healthy sleeping routines into their kids.

Is Your Child College Bound? How Do You Pay for it?

Apr 17, 2014

Millions of college-bound high school seniors are receiving acceptance letters and financial aid award packages this month. Now it's decision time—not only for the student, but for Mom and Dad too—forcing families to grapple with how to pay for it all.

Blast From the Past: Teacher Mails Letters Students Wrote Themselves 20 Years Ago

Apr 08, 2014

For nearly 40 years, Bruce Farrer has been part teacher and part detective, tracking down thousands of his former students to give them a blast from their pasts.

Undercover Investigation: 'Stranger Danger' Applies to College Kids, Too

Apr 01, 2014

Last year, 72 young adults aged 18 to 25 were reported abducted by strangers. Surprisingly, it's teenagers, not little kids, who are abducted most often by strangers. And some of those teens are in college.

Testing Time: Ways to Support Your Student

Mar 31, 2014

Many students are taking standardized tests at this time of year and some can feel overwhelmed by the hours-long exams. As a parent, you can help your student handle this stressful time.

Eat To Win: 5 Ways to Support Your Female Athlete

Mar 24, 2014

Every parent wants to see their child perform at their best, and parents of female athletes are no exception. In addition to organizing carpools to practices and sitting on the bleachers during games, moms and dads can support their daughter’s athletic play by understanding the unique needs of her growing, active body.

How to Track Down Free Money for College

Mar 18, 2014

Princeton Review’s Rob Franek and Jacques Steinberg of Say Yes to Education visit TODAY to offer advice on how to land free money for college through scholarships and financial aid.

Is Social Media Killing the School Dance? Schools Cancel Dances as Teens Opt Out

Mar 14, 2014

Ah, the school dance. Generations of kids have found it hard to resist the potent mix of romance, raging hormones and awkward kisses in a darkened gym setting. Until now, that is.

How to Score the Best College Scholarships

Mar 12, 2014

One less unappealing aspect of the process college application process is trying to score free money in the form of scholarships, and this is the season when organizations with money for students are reaching out.

SAT is Getting a Big Makeover

Mar 05, 2014

The College Board has announced the first major changes to the SAT in nine years, hoping to level the playing field among those taking the exam.

Jane Fonda to Teens: ‘Trust the Person You’re With’

Mar 04, 2014

Actress Jane Fonda joins Matt Lauer to chat about has a new book for teens on sex and identity, called, “Being a Teen.” She also chats about her own struggles growing up.

Up All Night: Parents and Kids are Losing Sleep to Their Devices

Mar 03, 2014

Sixteen percent of children said they read emails or text messages after they've already gone to bed, and more than half of the kids who admitted to after-hours texting had a parent who reported doing this as well.

Teens and Social Media? ‘It’s Complicated’

Feb 20, 2014

It’s tough to deny that teens are extensive users of social media networks, but there’s good news: Most teens do so responsibly.

Two Questions You Should Ask Your Teens About Drugs and Alcohol

Feb 18, 2014

Having "The Talk" with your child doesn't necessarily just mean a conversation about sex. As kids get older, many parents wonder what they should say about drugs and alcohol to help them navigate their teen years.

Teens More Stressed-Out Than Adults, Survey Shows

Feb 11, 2014

Forget the notion of carefree youth. America’s teens are every bit as stressed as the adults around them — and sometimes even more — according to a new survey that offers a snapshot of adolescent angst.

Emotional Support Helps Teens Overcome Racial Discrimination

Feb 03, 2014

Racial discrimination isn’t just a civil rights issue — it can also affect teenagers’ health, a new study suggests.

Kids, Football, and the Safety Dilemma

Jan 31, 2014

Chuck Todd analyzes the demographics behind the public opinion over whether football is safe enough for their children to play and talks to Pop Warner’s Jon Butler.

Weight Fate: Heavy Kindergartners Far More Likely to be Obese Teens

Jan 29, 2014

A child's weight in kindergarten can foreshadow a struggle with obesity later in life — and the warning signals probably start even earlier than that, a large new study has found.

Texas Parents Sue Over Cyberbulling

Jan 27, 2014

The parents of one teenage victim of cyberbullying have filed a lawsuit against the alleged bullies and their parents.

Parental Involvement: The Key to Academic Success

Jan 24, 2014

Like any parent, I wanted my children to be successful in school, and I knew that I would have to be involved if I was going to show them I valued education.

What's 'Sizzurp'? A Dangerous Way for Kids to Get High

Jan 23, 2014

Attention, parents: Young people are using a drink with a funny-sounding name — “sizzurp” — to get high, and the consequences are anything but amusing.

Teaching Students How to Design, Build Things

Jan 17, 2014

Patrick Creadon and Neal Baer share details from the documentary, “If You Build It,” which talks about a more radical approach to education.

Parents Spending Big on Kids' Traveling Sports Teams

Jan 15, 2014

It's estimated that 21 million kids between the ages of 5 and 18 are involved in non-school-related sports leagues.

Family Activities to Promote Learning During the Holidays

Dec 20, 2013

Former New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner Lucille Davy offers ideas to keep your child learning during the holiday break and reflects on her own favorite holiday learning memories.

7 Ways to Integrate Math into the Holidays

Dec 17, 2013

Math expert Bon Crowder has plenty of ideas for how to incorporate math into the holiday traditions. Some of her suggestions are aimed at younger children while others are more appropriate for middle schoolers.

Teen Girls Create 'Beautiful' Film on Eating Disorders

Dec 17, 2013

Two teens turned a school assignment into a public service announcement about eating disorders titled “You Are Beautiful.”

"It's a Bumpy Ride": Readers Advise On How to Raise Teens

Dec 04, 2013

Parents of teens react to their children talking about their relationships with their mothers and fathers.

Inside the Teenage Mind: Sex, School and Social Media

Dec 03, 2013

Today’s teenagers are facing many issues their parents couldn't imagine, with social media changing the game in dramatic ways.

US Teens Dropping in Education Rankings

Dec 03, 2013

Teenagers are making no progress on international achievement exams, the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment results show.

Fewer High School Grads Mean Easier College Admissions

Nov 26, 2013

A demographic decline in the ranks of high school graduates means that college admission may get easier.

Application Angst: Teens' Social Media Can Hurt College Chances

Nov 25, 2013

Colleges are increasingly searching for applicants' names on the Internet as part of their review.

Eating Disorders and Children: the Signs and Prevention

Nov 25, 2013

NBC Latino’s Dr. Joseph Sirven gives parents signs to look for and ways to prevent eating disorders in your children.

E-cigs, Hookahs Gain New Hold with Middle, High School Kids

Nov 14, 2013

According to the CDC, more than 2,000 teens and young adults become daily smokers every day.

Building the Courage to Fight Bullying

Oct 30, 2013

Hoda and Kathie Lee talk to teen ambassador Alexander Levy about finding the internal and external support to fight against bullies.

Sex Education Mobile Apps Aim to Help Teens Make Right Choices, Reduce Pregnancies

Oct 30, 2013

Planned Parenthood has launched interactive mobile tools designed to help teens stay healthy and better prepare for their futures.

College Student Raising Her Siblings After Losing Parents to Sandy

Oct 29, 2013

A family of four whose mom and dad died during Superstorm Sandy have been making their parents proud by sticking together, with the help of their community.

College Student Raising Her Siblings After Losing Parents to Sandy

Oct 29, 2013

A family of four whose mom and dad died during Superstorm Sandy have been making their parents proud by sticking together, with the help of their community.

With Less Federal Air for College, 3 Smart Ways to Pay for School

Oct 24, 2013

Paying for college may be harder than ever, but help is available.

Teacher Loses Bet with Students, Dyes Hair Hot Pink

Oct 23, 2013

Teacher Robbie Robinson talks about dying his hair pink for breast cancer awareness month.

Bullied Teen Helps Others with ‘We Stop Hate’ Videos

Oct 22, 2013

Emily-Anne Riley starts “We Stop Hate,” a community and video project meant to help bullied teens.

Bullied Teen Helps Others with ‘We Stop Hate’ Videos

Oct 22, 2013

Emily-Anne Riley starts “We Stop Hate,” a community and video project meant to help bullied teens.

6 Million Youth are Out of Work and School

Oct 21, 2013

According to a report from “Opportunity Nation,” roughly 15% of Americans age 16-24 are neither in school nor working.

Bullied Teen, Mom Battle Back with Anti-Bullying Group

Oct 20, 2013

In the town of Tipton, Iowa, Jacob Stallman is drawing attention for standing up against bullying – something he’s been dealing with since middle school.

Bullied Teen, Mom Battle Back with Anti-Bullying Group

Oct 20, 2013

In the town of Tipton, Iowa, Jacob Stallman is drawing attention for standing up against bullying – something he’s been dealing with since middle school.

Do Girls Need To Be Mean To Be Popular At School?

Oct 18, 2013

Many young girls nowadays believe acting mean is a path to popularity in school, and social media makes it easier than ever.

5 Signs of Communication Disorders Parents Often Miss

Oct 17, 2013

In their first years, children form foundational communication skills for a lifetime. And there’s a lot more to it than when a child says his or her first word. Knowing what is “typical” versus problematic when it comes to communication can be difficult for parents, especially when it’s a first child.

Parents: Daughter's Alleged Bullying 'Out of Character'

Oct 17, 2013

A Florida sheriff who arrested an alleged teen bully said he wishes he could charge her parents, too.

Coach Makes Special Needs Students Feel Like Part of the Team

Oct 15, 2013

Before every home game, Georgia high school football coach Scott Hamilton makes sure to add some special players to his roster.

How to Talk to Your Children About Drugs

Oct 14, 2013

According to the recent National Institute on Drug Abuse survey of teen students in the United States, illicit drug use among teenagers has continued at high rates.

'American Promise' Doc Focuses on the Education of Black Boys

Oct 13, 2013

It wasn't easy – but Idris Brewster and Seun Summers made it through. The two teenagers made it through a difficult, challenge-filled journey to graduate high school.

Allyson Felix Talks 'Active' Schools Campaign, Keeping Sports Clean

Oct 08, 2013

This week, Allyson Felix showed her commitment to education and fitness as a participant in NBC’s fourth annual ‘Education Nation‘ Summit in New York City.

Eboni Boykin: Once homeless, now thrives in Ivy League

Oct 07, 2013

Eboni Boykin's youth consisted of a variety of homeless shelters, and one constant goal: an Ivy League education.

Facebook or Homework? How to Resist Distractions

Oct 07, 2013

Psychologist Angela Duckworth and high school seniors Anita Rao and Damani Eubanks speak about the importance of changing your surroundings to help prioritize schoolwork.

Has the US Fallen Behind in Education?

Oct 07, 2013

Author and investigative reporter Amanda Ripley explains whether the U.S. educates children as effectively as other nations.

Massachusetts Boosts Academic Success With Tough Standards

Oct 07, 2013

Massachusetts' test scores are first in the nation, thanks to 1993 reforms. Now they are embracing a new set of academic standards called Common Core.

50 Cent helps students turn their lives around in ‘Dream School’ The Grio

Oct 04, 2013

Rapper/actor 50 Cent has teamed up with the Sundance Channel as executive producer for the unscripted seriesDream School.

Latinos in science and engineering unite to mentor, steer students into STEM

Sep 27, 2013

MAES: Latinos in Science and Engineering – a national non-profit which promotes excellence in education and leadership among Latino engineers and scientists.

Kids Under Pressure: How School Has Gotten Too Competitive

Sep 24, 2013

Parent Karl Taro Greenfeld shares his concerns about children spending too much time completing homework assignments, and expresses his belief that teachers should assign less.

Op Ed: Choosing to Be Guided by “Better Angels”

For teachers some of our most important lessons aren’t those that cover learning standards, but lessons which teach students to become better people.

OpEd: We Must Seize This Teachable Moment in Civics

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor stresses importance of involving kids in American democracy.

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