September 10, 2013 Ask a 9-year-old how likely it is that his bike will be stolen, and he'll probably lowball the risks — even after you tell him the odds. Researchers say children and teens aren't very good at applying data about on dangers, which may explain their seemingly irrational decision-making.
August 15, 2013 YouthRadioNeed a ride to the party or the concert? Instead of making endless phone calls, these days teens turn to social media to arrange transportation. It's called ridesharing, a form of cyber-hitchhiking used by a generation that isn't rushing to get a driver's license or dream car.
July 22, 2013 Breathing in, not out, has landed several homemade blowgun enthusiasts in the emergency room, a study says. They recovered with no lasting harm. But the report says doctors should be aware of the risks posed by Internet instructions for DIY blowguns.
July 16, 2013 Many parents consider teenagers' social media lives to be a dark, mysterious void. But parents who are connected to their children on Facebook and Twitter are more likely to have strong ties in real life, a study finds.
June 20, 2013 Making low-power bombs with household chemicals like toilet bowl cleaner may seem like harmless summer fun. Not so, says the CDC. The bombs can cause burns and lung injuries, not to mention a visit from the local hazardous materials squad. Leave the bomb-making to TV hero MacGyver.
May 21, 2013 New, young drivers are much more likely to have an accident if they're short on sleep, researchers say. And teenage drivers are far more impaired than adults when facing an equivalent lack of sleep.
May 13, 2013 Parents should talk to their children about avoiding alcohol long before they try that first drink. But how? Some scripts and talking points could make the task easier.
May 13, 2013 Four in 10 teenagers admit that they text while driving. Not only is that behavior dangerous, but those same teens are more likely to skip the seat belt and drive while drinking, too.
May 6, 2013 Almost 20 percent of teenagers and young adults in the emergency room are suicidal, researchers say. Many of these young people live in houses with guns, which increases the likelihood a completed suicide.
November 27, 2012 The number of new HIV infections in the U.S. is relatively stable at about 50,000 people a year. But HIV is on the rise in people under 25, federal data show. The upswing is driven largely by infections among young black men.
July 24, 2012 Black high school students are engaging in risky sexual behavior far less often than they were 20 years ago, a study found. But their condom use is also dropping, leading some to worry that HIV rates within the black community may not go down.
July 12, 2012 How can families help self-harm sufferers become self-harm survivors? Commentator Barbara J. King and her 18-year-old daughter Sarah Hogg reflect together on Sarah's past cutting behavior, why it happened, and what factors helped in her recovery.
May 31, 2012 A recession and its lingering effects have made it even harder for teens to find summer employment. But the drop off in teen summer hiring predates the recession.