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Parents' Guide to

Noa: Listen to news articles

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Listen to multiple news sources; be aware of bias.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android Free to try News
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Long attention span required

This app basically just reads aloud series of long-form articles on various themes from a variety of outlets (e.g., NYT, Bloomberg, WaPo, Harvard Business Review). Word for word. Which is fine if you have the time and focus (not to mention the vocabulary) to digest articles. But it’s hard to imagine many kids having the patience to engage with this app.

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  • Personal information is not sold or rented to third parties.
  • Personal information is not shared for third-party marketing.
  • Unclear whether this product displays personalised advertising.
  • Data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
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  • Data profiles are created and used for personalised advertisements.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This opportunity to delve deeper into a particular topic is compelling, but it's not without some challenges. Noa: Listen to news articles brings a unique approach to its news platform, both in terms of the audio delivery and the grouping of stories around a theme. As kids learn more about being media savvy, we want them to examine multiple news sources to get a bigger picture vew. But when the news sources are all curated by the same team, it's possible to enhance bias rather than counter it. Whether or not this is the case here is up for debate, but it's something families will want to consider before choosing to subscribe. In terms of finding content that families can explore together, the queue and library come in handy. Parents who are concerned about appropriate news articles can create their own collection of articles to delve into with their kids. Before deciding if Noa: Listen to news articles is a good fit, try the free aspects and the 30-day trial. It's more than enough time to determine the app's newsworthiness in your home.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading : reading, vocabulary, Social Studies : events, global awareness
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning : analyzing evidence, applying information, making conclusions, Communication : listening
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (three free articles/week or 30-day trial, then $9.49/mo. for unlimited access)
  • Release date: November 16, 2019
  • Category: News
  • Version: 4.3.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up
  • Last updated: February 13, 2020

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