Teachers crave parent helpers. So when my eldest son's eighth-grade Algebra teacher found out that I write about investing, she enlisted my help teaching her teen students about stocks.

Accepting was a no-brainer. Here at the Fool, we've spent years loudly bemoaning the state of financial education in the U.S., and for good reason. Research strongly suggests that millions of Americans lack even the most rudimentary form of financial literacy. Teaching our children better habits is key to solving the problem, I think.

The following slideshow is my attempt to help not just my son and his peers but also any teen better understand stocks and investing. Please read and comment, since we can all benefit from ideas for helping our kids growing up smarter about money.

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Fool contributor Tim Beyers is a member of the Motley Fool Rule Breakers stock-picking team and the Motley Fool Supernova Odyssey I mission. He owned shares of Apple and Netflix at the time of publication. He was also long January 2014 $50 Netflix call options. Check out Tim's Web home and portfolio holdings, or connect with him on Google+Tumblr, or Twitter, where he goes by @milehighfool. You can also get his insights delivered directly to your RSS reader.

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