A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
NEWSMEISTER: DAILY NEWS TRIVIA QUIZ lets you log in for free 15 times before you're prompted to create an account. You can link your account to Facebook or just provide your email address. Once you're past the login screen, you can access brief news quizzes on current events from the past week. Pick any date, and you'll find a 16-question quiz with multiple-choice questions. Possible categories include U.S. News, World News, Sports, an "on this day in history" category, Entertainment, Science, and Literature. Three hint options include a 50/50 option that eliminates two possible choices, a freeze option that gives users a longer time to pick and answer, and a poll tool that reveals how other users have answered the same question. After answering each question, you can see a brief explanation and a link to the original news story that was the question's source. Your scores are tracked each day, and, if you create an account, you can see how your scores stack up against other users. In-app purchases include "extra helpers" to give you in-quiz hints, and you can pay $1.99 for ad-free gameplay.
Is it any good?
It's a terrific idea to have kids take a daily quiz that encourages them to keep up with the news, but the ads and purchases might be distracting. There's a nice mix of news stories, from national and international stories to lighter fare from the sports and entertainment worlds. Though kids may only see a narrow selection of source titles in one quiz, there are 20 to 25 sources represented overall. Since the app assumes that kids know these answers already, it would be helpful if the app featured links to a few reliable news sources up front to help kids expand their reading and branch out from the sites they might elect to read on their own. In terms of the pay model, the ads in Newsmeister: Daily News Trivia Quiz can be for all kinds of apps, including violent games, which is a bit of a mismatch with the news content. So, if your teen likes it, it's worth going ad-free. Overall, this is a neat tool for helping kids prove their knowledge of current events -- especially if you're willing to spring for the paid version.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about decoding the news. When using Newsmeister: A Daily News Trivia Quiz, how can you tell if a news story is reliable? What kinds of clues can you use to understand the point of view of the site you're reading or the things you see on social media?
Check out our research on how young people perceive and are affected by the news. Read the full report here.
You can find discussion prompts and helpful tips in our News- and Media-Literacy Toolkit for Educators.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Social Studies: cultural understanding, events, global awareness
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, asking questions, making conclusions, thinking critically
Self-Direction: personal growth
Emotional Development: perspective taking
- Pricing structure: Paid, Free
- Release date: January 8, 2017
- Category: Educational Games
- Size: 59.50 MB
- Publisher: Tim Holmgren
- Version: 1.70
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up
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