Best News Sources for Kids

Kids want to know about current events, but adult news shows and sites can sometimes be scary, overwhelming, or even boring for a young audience. The websites and apps on this list offer stories of interest to kids and make serious events more digestible. If kids are seeking information about news that's potentially upsetting, it's always a good idea to discuss the issue together and get some reassurance or guidance. Breaking news also can be tough on kids, since facts can change quickly and sometimes initial reporting is wrong or offtrack. Parents can use these kid-friendly sources as a jumping-off point to discuss how news is reported and how to be a critical media consumer. Also, help kids understand how to identify legitimate news sources and avoid stuff that's too partisan or even completely fake. Encourage your kids to find out what's happening in the world!

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HTE Kids News Website Poster Image
Much potential in site packaging current events for kids.
URL: http://www.htekidsnews.com
(2012)
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News-O-Matic App Poster Image
Fun, interactive way for kids to learn about the world.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
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NBC Learn Website Poster Image
Curated news clips help clarify science, history, and tech.
URL: http://www.nbclearn.com/portal/site/learn
(2014)
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Here There Everywhere Website Poster Image
Warm, optimistic news source delivers current event updates.
URL: http://htekidsnews.com
(2013)
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News-2-You App Poster Image
One-of-a-kind tool uses symbols to make news accessible.
Devices: iPad
(2016)
(2015)
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Newsela Website Poster Image
Stellar news tool connects kids to absorbing leveled reads
URL: https://newsela.com/
(2014)
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NewsForKids.net Website Poster Image
Concise news source keeps kids informed on current events.
URL: https://newsforkids.net
(2018)
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Newsika: Daily News for Kids. READ. EXPLORE. LEARN. App Poster Image
Build kids' media literacy, but watch out for bias, privacy.
Devices: iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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OpenSecrets.org Website Poster Image
Visuals, snappy text explain political spending details.
URL: https://www.opensecrets.org
(2017)
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TIME for Kids Website Poster Image
Terrific news/info resource boosts brain power.
URL: http://timeforkids.com
(2007)
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Xyza: News for Kids Website Poster Image
Well-written, kid-friendly news requires paid subscription.
URL: http://www.xyzanews.com
(2017)
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Youngzine Website Poster Image
Super news site supports learning, contribution, community.
URL: http://www.youngzine.org/
(2014)
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DOGO News Website Poster Image
Interactive, kid-friendly news source gives kids the scoop.
URL: http://www.dogonews.com/
(2014)
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Scholastic Kids Press Corps Website Poster Image
Kid reporters (and readers) get schooled in journalism.
URL: http://magazines.scholastic.com/
(2011)
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Clarify* by Playbac-Explain the News to your Kids App Poster Image
Kids get a brief, daily dose of news; subscription required.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
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Smithsonian: TweenTribune Website Poster Image
Trustworthy tween news site has cool classroom component.
URL: http://www.tweentribune.com
(2012)
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Nick News Website Poster Image
Excellent current events coverage for tweens and teens.
URL: http://www.nicknews.com
(2009)
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The Learning Network Website Poster Image
NYTimes blog gives young people fluff-free news, discussion.
URL: https://www.nytimes.com/section/learning
(2011)
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ScholasticNewsOnline Website Poster Image
Find articles online from Scholastic's many publications.
URL: http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/scholasticnews/index.html
(2009)
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Calling Bull Website Poster Image
Nice but limited attempt to teach how to debunk data misuse.
URL: http://callingbull.org
(2017)
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HuffPost Teen Website Poster Image
News for teens by teens, with access to adult topics.
URL: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/teen/
(2012)
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Newsmeister: A Daily News Trivia Quiz App Poster Image
Amusing quiz questions link kids to news; ads and purchases.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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NPR News App Poster Image
Wide-ranging, expanded access to solid radio news programs.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2014)
(2014)
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PolitiFact Website Poster Image
Find out who's telling the truth in politics.
URL: http://www.politifact.com/
(2015)
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Poynter Website Poster Image
News-analysis site focuses on accuracy, truth in stories.
URL: http://www.poynter.org
(2017)
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Swiipe: News That Knows You App Poster Image
Swipe left, right to read the news you want in clever feed.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
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What Kids Can Do Website Poster Image
The place for teens to find their cause -- and go for it.
URL: http://whatkidscando.org/index.html
(2009)
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PBS Newshour Extra Website Poster Image
PBS site gives kids reasons to care about the news.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra
(2013)
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