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Clarify* by Playbac-Explain the News to your Kids

By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Kids get a brief, daily dose of news; subscription required.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad Free to try Education
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If you want your kid to understand current events, but they don't want to read or watch mainstream media, this video app may be a good alternative. Clarify* by Playbac-Explain the News to your Kids indicates that its news is "100 percent fact based, 0 percent opinion." Each day, a new story update is scheduled for 5 p.m. Story headlines are typically phrased in the form of a question that kids may have asked themselves after hearing a term used at school or from another news source -- for example, "What is gender inequality?" and "What's the difference between facts and opinions?" The videos are one to three minutes long, the graphics are eye-catching, and the questions at the ends of the videos can help spark discussions. One concern: Some of the issues that Clarify* covers seem too broad to tackle in one very brief video. Adding some expert-vetted "further resources" sites at the end of the video where kids and parents can go to find out more could improve this app.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad
  • Subjects: Social Studies : citizenship, cultural understanding, events, global awareness, government, history, power structures, the economy
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning : thinking critically, Self-Direction : academic development, personal growth, Tech Skills : evaluating media messages
  • Pricing structure: Free to try
  • Release date: February 20, 2017
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: playBac
  • Version: 1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
  • Last updated: September 9, 2021

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