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Football practice at Castro Valley High School in California. Proper hitting technique requires players to keep their heads up to prevent neck injuries and concussions. Brett Myers/Youth Radio hide caption

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High Schools Struggle To Tackle Safety On The Football Field

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A growing number of children are entering puberty at younger ages — sometimes as young as 6 or 7. But in many schools, sex education classes don't begin before the fifth grade. Cuneyt Hizal/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Puberty Is Coming Earlier, But That Doesn't Mean Sex Ed Is

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Failing Students Get 'Wired' For Success At Georgia Factory

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Zach Brown's preferred mode of transportation is his skateboard. Brown, 27, is an artist and actor who doesn't own a car. Courtesy of Zach Brown hide caption

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Why Millennials Are Ditching Cars And Redefining Ownership

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Teenagers turn to their phones and social media to find rides. Tanggineka Hall/Youth Radio hide caption

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Teens Use Twitter To Thumb Rides

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Coming Of Age In The Era Of Oscar Grant And Trayvon Martin

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Covering Pop Hits On YouTube Is Starting To Pay

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SnapChat App Destroys Photos Seconds After Sending

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Donta Jackson's snack of choice is a bag of Skittles. Brett Myers/Youth Radio hide caption

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Do Parents Really Know What Their Kids Are Eating?

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Lockdowns The Norm For Schools With Frequent Threats

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Commentary: 'I Just Wish Guns Were Harder To Come By'

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Young debaters at the Bay Area Urban Debate League in Oakland, Calif., say that there are a lot of differences between the way that they debate the issues and what they see the presidential candidates doing on debate nights. Jenny Bolario/YouthRadio for NPR hide caption

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Teen Debaters Parse Candidates' Style And Substance

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Alejandra Salinas, president of the College Democrats of America, says the group's numbers have been growing in key states like Florida and Ohio. Brett Myers/Youth Radio for NPR hide caption

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Youth Fervor High At DNC, But Lagging Behind 2008

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