Swiipe: News That Knows You

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Swipe left, right to read the news you want in clever feed.

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Educational Value

Teens can learn about current events, as well as sports, business, entertainment, music, and tech news. As they choose the news outlets and stories of the day that they want to read, they can learn about issues and events related to government, the economy, music, sports, what's happening in other parts of the world, and more.

Ease of Play

Very easy to choose topics of interest and news sources used. Clear icons show the limited but sufficient options. Swipe left to dismiss, right to save, tap on the article image to read. Share articles via many sharing options.

Violence

Content depends on the news sources chosen by individual users, and the stories posted by those news sources. Violent content and images may be part of some stories.

Sex

Content depends on the news sources chosen by individual users, and the stories posted by those news sources. Some sexual content and sexually suggestive images may be part of some stories.

Language

Content depends on the news sources chosen by individual users, and the stories posted by those news sources.

Consumerism

Contains ads in the same format as its news stories that users must swipe left, right or tap to open. Also, the news sources promote themselves as well as the ads they carry on stories.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Content depends on the news sources chosen by individual users, and the stories posted by those news sources. Discussion about alcohol, drugs, and smoking as well as images portraying any of those topics may be part of some stories.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Swiipe: News That Knows You is a news feed app created by a 14-year-old Irish teen to get other teens interested in reading the news. Users choose from more than 50 news sources (including well-known media like CNN, the New York Times, and ESPN) and seven topic areas. As new stories appear, simply swipe left to delete the story, swipe right to save it for later reading, or tap on the story to read it now. The content on the news sites is not filtered for a teen audience; it will vary according to each media outlet and the news of the day, and can contain violence, swearing, and references to substance use and sex. Note: There's no privacy policy posted at the time of review.

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What's it about?

To use SWIIPE: NEWS THAT KNOWS YOU, tap the subjects you want to read about: Business, Music, Entertainment, Gaming, General, Sports, Technology. Next, choose the news sources you want the app to use to find your news. View one article headline and image at a time. Tap to read it immediately, or swipe left (or tap x) to dismiss, swipe right (or tap the save icon) to save it to read later. To read saved articles, tap on the save icon to go to your Read Later articles list. Other options include tapping share to share an article; swiping across the top of the screen to go to topic-specific news; tapping the rewind icon to return to a previously dismissed article; and tapping the settings icon to add or remove news sources, report a bug or suggestion, and enable the "shake to undo" feature.

Is it any good?

This is a fast-paced, easy-to-use way to sort through news of the day quickly. What makes Swiipe: News That Knows You particularly great in our news-saturated, fast-paced world is that users briefly view the headlines and photos of all stories on their feed before swiping left or right. That means users see a little about lot of news and only need to deep-dive into the stories they want, when they have time to read them. It would be a nice addition if stories could also be aggregated by keyword or other broad topics beyond the current seven offered. For now, it's a good, simple app that teens (and adults) can use to sort through the news, even with limited time and attention.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to know if what you're reading is accurate. Watch Common Sense Media's "4 Great Fact-Checking Sites for Tweens & Teens." How would they rate the sources on Swiipe: News That Knows You?

  • Talk to your teen about the fact that a 14-year-old created the app to help get more teens interested in reading the news. Ask your teen: If you could create an app to impact a social issue you care about, what would it be?

  • Encourage your teen to think critically about any news they read, including the news they read on Swiipe: News That Knows You. Read the parent tip sheet "What Is Media Literacy and Why Is It Important?" to find out more.

App details

For kids who love news and social studies

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