A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading
Social Studies: citizenship, events, global awareness, government, the economy
- Skills: Self-Direction: academic development, personal growth
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: September 6, 2017
- Category: News
- Size: 46.30 MB
- Publisher: Alex Goodison
- Version: 0.3.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later
For kids who love news and social studies
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