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Funny, poignant videos by teens encourage safer driving

A scene from one of the 10 finalists

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The Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge asked teens nationwide to create videos shorter than 90 seconds that would inspire friends to drive more safely, and more than 1,000 teens answered the call. The top 10 finalists are now online so the public can vote for the winners.

The videos ranging from humorous to poignant, show how distracted driving can change lives forever. One video shows a fortune...

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LI schools participate in 'Day of Silence' in support of LGBT people

Students participating in the "Day of Silence" wear

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It’s about 2:10 p.m. and scores of middle school students gather in silence in the Jericho Middle School library. “Don’t talk! Don’t talk until after the scream,” teacher Elisa Waters reminds the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders as they file in and form a circle.

Then, on the command of Waters – and in the presence of the school principal – the kids let out a raucous scream that goes on...

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Where to after prom on Long Island?

Members of Oceanside High School's Class of 2013

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Although it’s only April, chances are most high school students are already thinking about the upcoming prom season – which likely means that many of the parents of said students also have the big galas on their radar – and not just the actual events, but any intended after-prom adventures their kids may be planning as well.

Naturally, concerns for both prom-goers and their guardians involve...

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Why I decided to have my son opt-in on standardized tests

One Long Island mom talks about why she

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Opt-in. Opt-out.

If my sixth-grade son learned nothing else this year, he learned what those phrases meant.

After the first day of the state English Language Arts assessments, he said to me, “Why didn’t you opt me out?” I explained that I believe the tests will give both the school and us a good measure of how he is learning this year, and that test-taking and being evaluated is a part...

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WWE targets kids with Slam City animated series

WWE wrestlers are starring in Slam City, a

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If you’re the parent of a boy, there’s a strong chance there’s at least one toy wrestling ring in your house somewhere. There are several in mine, although in the interest of full disclosure, I’ll confess a few of them belong to me.

I’ve been a pro wrestling fan since I was a kid. And, now as a father, I enjoy sharing my love of the pseudo-sport with my two sons. I’ll have at least one of...

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NYC 11-year-old opens 'Peace, Love & Cupcakes,' an Off-Broadway show

Eleven-year-old Carrie Berk with "Cake Boss" star Buddy

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Carrie Berk is not your typical tween. By the age of 11, she was a children's book author and a cupcake blogger with 90,000 Facebook followers. Now, she's opening an Off-Broadway musical called "Peace, Love & Cupcakes."

The cupcake connoisseur cooked up the idea for "The Cupcake Club" book series in second grade when she asked her mom, Sheryl Berk, bestselling co-author of "Soul Surfer,"...

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Jane Fonda on teens, sex and her new book

Jane Fonda's new book "Being a Teen: Everything

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What's the first thing you think of when you hear "Jane Fonda"? It's probably not "adolescent sexuality expert."

Yet the 76-year-old actress says she spent several years researching and writing "Being a Teen: Everything Teen Girls & Boys Should Know About Relationships, Sex, Love, Health, Identity & More" (Random House, $17), which hits bookstore shelves this week.

"I have a...

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'Iron Chef' competition for teens on Long Island

The Junior Iron Chef of Long Island competition

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If your tween or teen is an aspiring chef and would rather help you in the kitchen than play video games, you may be interested in a unique competition coming to Long Island.

The Junior Iron Chef of Long Island competition hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County is taking place on Saturday, March 15 at Whole Foods Market in Lake Grove (120 New Moriches Rd.). Middle and high...

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Chewing gum could be causing teens' migraines, other headaches

Chewing gum could be a cause of headaches

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Chewing gum could be causing your teen’s migraines or headaches, according to a new study out of Tel Aviv University in Israel. The research showed that 87 percent of kids who stopped chewing gum showed improved symptoms and those who later went back to the habit relapsed.

Younger children as well showed a connection between gum chewing habits and headaches, says Dr. Nathan Watemberg of the...

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Kids' lacrosse goals add up to $5,500 donation to breast cancer

Every time a member of Long Island's BC

Every time a member of the BC Champions scored a goal this season, the lacrosse team raised another $82 for the fight against breast cancer. The 10- and 11-year-old players from Long Island’s North Shore scored 55 goals in all — and one parent donated an extra $1,000 — bringing the total contribution to $5,500.

The fifth- and sixth-grade boys donated the money to the Kat’s Ribbon of Hope breast...

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