Parents' Guide to

SmartNews: Local News Break

By Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Read latest news with different views without data or Wi-Fi.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android Free News
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  • Personal information is not sold or rented to third parties.
  • Personal information is shared for third-party marketing.
  • Personalised advertising is displayed.
  • 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?

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Choosing the sources and topics for the news you want to read, and being able to read that news without blowing through data is smart. The interface is easy-to-read with large but uniform headlines accompanied by photos on each tabbed subject. Readers can clearly see, too, the source for the article. The colorful tabs are easy to navigate, but even better, easy to customize. Readers can choose to receive push notifications for news or not, making this a truly design-your-own approach to staying up-to-date on news. It's a great tool to help teens interact with current events so they can explore a variety of sources about the main topic -- and discuss with you!

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