Winno - Just the Facts

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Current events curated by humans; cultivates comparison.

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Educational Value

Brief headline-style summaries link directly to articles from various sources, FAQs provide background knowledge of topics, multiple sources allows for comparison. But there's no vocabulary help or opportunities for reflection or discussion.

Ease of Play

Interface is very user-friendly.

Violence

Terms of service recommend ages 18 and older due to possible violent current event content, including suicides, war, and gun violence.

Sex

Terms of service recommend ages 18 and older due to possible violent current event content, including currently trending topics on an accused pedophile and abortion.

Language

Articles linked are from a variety of sources and could include objectionable language.

Consumerism

Articles link to outside sources, some of which include ads.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Articles linked are from a variety of sources and could include references to substance use.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Winno - Just the Facts is a news curation tool that covers topics that might not be appropriate for all ages. The terms of service specify it is for 18 years and older, so it's best used by younger teens with parental oversight. Families can follow news topic hashtags (#jeffery-epstein, #immigration, or #abortion, for example) to find news from a variety of sources, summarized in a sentence or two with a link to the full article on the original site. Users can register using a Facebook account, Google account, or phone number. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

WINNO - JUST THE FACTS is a human-powered news curation app cataloged by hashtags, sourced from a variety of news services. Choose the hashtagged news topics to follow and receive updates when new links are added. Browse the news feed to see brief summaries of the articles with links to the full article on the original site. There's a search tool to drill down to specific key words, and each feed includes an FAQ of background information and terminology for each topic. At the time of review, the app has only about 20 topics available.

Is it any good?

Get the news on topics of interest without the distractions of click-bait, or algorithm-generated links with this current-events collection generated by humans. Content is discovered, fact-checked, and shared from 9 am to 9 pm from sources including Fox News, NPR, CNN, Politico, and more. Each article is summarized and linked in the feed. The most helpful feature, especially for families trying to understand the news together, is the FAQ for each topic explaining the background and common questions surrounding the topic. At the time of review, the content is limited, but it may serve as a convenient resource to compare topic-related content from a variety of sources.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can read the Winno - Just the Facts together and discuss the issues, trying to understand all sides and perspectives of the issues by looking at a variety of objective sources. How can you tell if a site is trustworthy? What is bias?

  • Discuss with kids the differences between bots or algorithms generating and curating news and humans. What are the pros and cons of each method?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: text analysis, using supporting evidence, vocabulary
    Social Studies: citizenship, cultural understanding, global awareness, government
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: asking questions, collecting data, thinking critically
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: September 11, 2019
  • Category: News
  • Size: 44.20 MB
  • Publisher: Winno Inc.
  • Version: 0.9.7
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 12.0 or later
  • Last updated: September 16, 2019

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