iHeartRadio

Common Sense Media says

Hear live radio or custom stations; iffy lyrics possible.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app walks you through how to set up a station and has easy-to-navigate lists of the local and musical genre-based stations.

Violence

If the account has custom radio enabled, depending on which songs/artists users pick, stations could include songs that mention or glorify violence. Custom radio may be disabled in settings, but it's not possible to password-protect the setting.

Sex

If the account has custom radio enabled, depending on which songs/artists users pick, stations could include songs with sexual content. Custom radio may be disabled in settings, but it's not possible to password-protect the setting.

Language

If the account has custom radio enabled, depending on which songs/artists users pick, stations could include songs with mature language. Custom radio may be disabled in settings, but it's not possible to password-protect the setting.

Consumerism

Some pre-existing stations include ads, and in 2012 custom stations will as well; you can also purchase songs through stores like iTunes.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Songs and comedy routines that mention beer, pot, and other substances are available.

Privacy & safety

To create your own station, you need to log in using Facebook, and the app will access your photo, name, networks and any other profile info you've made public. There are settings to control whether you share your listening activity on Facebook or make your iHeartRadio profile visible to your Facebook friends.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that iHeartRadio is an app that plays both live radio and custom radio. With live radio, you'll hear what's being played on select radio stations across the country. Custom radio allows you to create a station based on a song or singer you like, and may include explicit content depending on the songs or artists you choose. To use custom radio, you have to first connect to Facebook, and iHeartRadio asks to access your basic profile information (name, profile picture, gender, networks, friend list, and other details).

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • events
  • global awareness

Arts

  • music
  • rhythm

Skills

Communication

  • listening
  • multiple forms of expression

Tech Skills

  • evaluating media messages
  • social media

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Select one of more than 800 regional radio stations, or create a personalized station based on one of your favorite artists or a specific song. The station will include that musician's songs and ones from similar artists.

Learning Approach

Kids listen to regional, news, and talk radio stations to learn about local and world events. Unfortunately, the app doesn't offer any written materials, which would help kids learn more about the topics that are discussed.

Support

The app walks you through how to set up a station and has easy-to-navigate lists of local and musical-genre-based stations.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • events
  • global awareness

Arts

  • music
  • rhythm

Skills

Communication

  • listening
  • multiple forms of expression

Tech Skills

  • evaluating media messages
  • social media

Kids can learn about local and world events through regional, news, and talk radio stations. The app’s ability to let users create stations based on their favorite musicians or songs is likely to be the biggest draw. However, if kids are willing to tune in to the available news coverage, they’ll learn about global happenings and news from more than 35 states. Unfortunately, the app doesn’t offer any written materials -- which would help kids learn more about the topics that are discussed. Kids could learn about current events with iHeartRadio, but they'd need to make a special effort.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Brereton

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Select a regional, news, or sports-based radio station from the iHeartRadio app’s ample list, or create a station based on one of your favorite artists or a specific song. (The station will include that musician's songs and ones from similar artists.) You can select stations at random with the scan feature and like or dislike songs to further customize your self-made stations. The app requires you to register through Facebook or enter an email address. It’s free, easy to use, and offers a hefty list of stations and songs.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The IHEARTRADIO app offers music fans two choices: Select one of more than 800 regional radio stations, or create a personalized station based on one of your favorite artists or a specific song. (The station will include that musician's songs and ones from similar artists.) Some features echo the Pandora app -- you're encouraged to rate songs, and you can only skip so many. However, iHeartRadio's regional stations offer some unique extras. The scan feature should please incessant car radio flippers, and the station list gives a thorough mix of cities -- you can tune in to stations from Sarasota to Seattle. Stations are also listed by their musical genre and by subject matter, such as news, comedy, or sports.

Until the end of 2011, the user-created stations are commercial-free. However, if you're hoping to create or save your own station, you're required to log in using Facebook first. The app will access your basic profile information -- including your name, friend list, and other details. Custom stations may include mature content; helping kids pick musicians to create stations can also help prevent them from stumbling across content meant for older listeners.

Families can talk about...

  • Discuss some of the topics and events mentioned on the news stations.

  • Talk with kids about how to evaluate media messages and detect biased reporting. Some of the stations on iHeartRadio have a conservative or liberal slant.

  • Create playlists for your kids based on age-appropriate artists. Have teens create lists for you, too!

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:September 21, 2011
Category:Music
Size:4.90 MB
Publisher:Clear Channel Management Services, LP
Version:4.0.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later; Android 2.1 and up

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About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byBieberFreakinFever December 21, 2011
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11
QUALITY
 

Facebook Charged Radio App

This app is greaat to download is you wanna listen to music (which has all kinds of appropreate and inapropreate content) However there's a catch, you must be a facebook member.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 14 years old Written bykui1 March 10, 2012
AGE
8
QUALITY
 

Great App

It's basically the radio on an iphone. So if you let your children listen to the radio then this app should be fine.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 10 years old July 7, 2013
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

What did I just hear?

You will hear different things. Whatever you want.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns

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