Newsmeister: A Daily News Trivia Quiz

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Patricia Montic..., Common Sense Media
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Amusing quiz questions link kids to news; ads and purchases.

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Educational value

With a little parental guidance, kids can practice reading and listen to news for the main details, and they can learn to think critically to pick out the most likely answer to each multiple-choice question about the news. Since each answer includes a link to a news story that was the source of the question, kids can start to get familiar with the news sources that are reliable and trustworthy. Kids can also get in the habit of reading whole news articles and deciding for themselves what's important. 

Ease of play

While it's pretty easy to get started, the in-app instructions fly by and are a little hard to read. Plus, several features won't work reliably unless you pay for access.

Violence

It really depends on the day's content, but some in-app ads promote games with some animated violence and gore. 

Sex

Depends on the day's news, but the app itself doesn't feature any racy content. 

Language

Most linked news stories come from professional news outlets where swearing isn't tolerated; however, some questions link to news sources that might be more free with obscene language. 

Consumerism

Free version has ads after each quiz and a persistent ad along the bottom. Users have lots of options to buy "helpers" to get more hints during the quizzes. 

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Depends on the day's news stories, but no drinking, drugs, or smoking are promoted directly through the app. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Newsmeister: A Daily News Trivia Quiz is a news-related quiz app for Android and iOS. There's a daily 16-question multiple-choice quiz about the day's news, and the answer to each question includes a link to a news story. The news stories are mostly drawn from a variety of sources, though kids may only encounter a handful in conjunction with one quiz. The app is free to download and briefly free to play, but you'll soon need to create an account by providing an email address or logging in with Facebook. There are ads unless you pay for the app's ad-free version. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared. 

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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

App details

For kids who love news and getting involved

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