Parents' Guide to

Sift - News Therapy

By Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Fun, interactive, thorough way to explore current topics.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad Free to try News
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Is It Any Good?

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Kids and teens will enjoy this easy to navigate news platform that presents data and sources relying on independent research (like the National Academies Press) that explore current hot topics. Each topic is presented using facts and the historical narrative that's often lost in the political hype, rousing headlines, and heated, publicized debates. The information is presented in a way that allows users to unpack complex issues without evoking or exploiting emotional reactions to persuade readers towards a specific point of view. There's definitely a tone of transparency, specifically illustrated by the disclosure of sources used to compose the information on each page of the articles. Rather than passively reading news, Sift – News Therapy encourages users to actively engage with information through fun little mini quizzes and interactive graphs, charts, and maps. There's an emphasis on learning more about a topic, exploring its history and its impact, rather than taking a side. It's worth noting, that app store reviews indicate some users feel the presentation is biased and left-leaning. However, there's no inflammatory language, hyperbole, or overt attempts to convince the user, which is helpful.

The articles are quite thorough, and the design of the interface is appealing and makes it easy to navigate the app. In order to take full advantage of the app, enjoy the articles alongside your kid. This will give families the opportunity to provide support in analyzing primary sources or data. Enjoying the app together will also encourage kids to ask questions and promotes discussion around these complex topics. Overall, Sift – News Therapy is an age-appropriate platform where kids can explore current hot topics, know the sources of information, and use it as a more measured way to come to their own conclusions.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading : reading, text analysis, vocabulary, Math : graphing, statistics, Social Studies : citizenship, cultural understanding, events, exploration, history, power structures, the economy, timelines
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning : analyzing evidence, asking questions, investigation, thinking critically, Self-Direction : academic development
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (After a seven-day free trial, users can subscribe for $19.99. This is a six month, auto-renewing subscription.)
  • Release date: April 18, 2019
  • Category: News
  • Publisher: All Turtles Corporation
  • Version: 1.1.7
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 12.0 or later
  • Last updated: February 16, 2020

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