A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
Tap "Get Started" and sign up as a new user on NEWSIKA: DAILY NEWS FOR KIDS. READ. EXPLORE. LEARN. by entering personal information, including the name of the school your kid attends. Swipe up to look through articles. Tap the star to bookmark the article, tap the heart to like it, or tap "share" to share it via text, email, and more. Tap Fun Facts on the side of the screen to read today's fun facts.
Is it any good?
This image-heavy, text-light news source gives kids just enough daily news to help them stay in the know, but privacy concerns, consumerism, and bias stunt its value. Articles in Newsika: Daily News for Kids. Read. Explore. Learn. include sports, science, world news, entertainment news, politics, and more. The fun facts are interesting, and it's cool that kids can easily like, bookmark, and share them (as well as articles) with others. Kids get a star point for every article or fun fact that they read.
Two concerns: Sometimes the articles stray from straight news-based stories into promotional and political commentary. Even though the app states that it's ad-free, at the time of this review a number of articles included consumer topics, such as special Disney World tickets and kid-targeted movies. Around the time of the presidential election, a few articles included phrases that many people might have found politically biased; those articles were not labeled as opinion. Also, it's not clear why it requires kids to provide an unusual amount of personal information, including full date of birth, city, and name of school attending. Grade level would seem to suffice to set the articles' reading level.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why it's important to know what's going on in the world and how Newsika: Daily News for Kids. READ. EXPLORE. LEARN. might be a resource. Talk to your kids about your daily news habits and encourage them to learn a little about their local and global community every day.
Discuss the difference between unbiased news and opinion. If you or your kid notices any content that takes a particular political point of view, talk about how it could be presented in a more neutral way.
Encourage your kid to share the daily fun facts that they find interesting. Share some with them from other sources that you find interesting!
- Device: iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, reading comprehension
Social Studies: citizenship, cultural understanding, events, global awareness, government, power structures
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: January 8, 2017
- Category: Education
- Size: 42.10 MB
- Publisher: Rhino Athletics Company Private Limited
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later
For kids who love news and social studies
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