A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Podcast is informative and presented in an easily understandable format for kids to understand. Covers current events, science, art, entertainment, and technology, and some humorous odd news stories. Lyndee provides key background information for important news pieces, making sure to define new terms and concepts. In a piece about NATO and Russia, she explains what NATO stands for and details important facts about its history, which provides needed context for kids to understand Russia's relationship with NATO. Teaches and encourages news and media literacy. Episodes have quizzes and supplemental articles on the podcast website.
Many of the news stories presented focus on positives, like scientists whose innovations could make things better for the environment or health. As a newscast, they also cover current events that are not so positive. When challenging topics are raised like gun debate or war, the hosts try to come up with positive actions that listeners can take (like becoming an activist for something you believe in).
Positive Role Models
Leela and her mom model curiosity about the world and a positive and respectful parent-child relationship. This is a very kid-centric podcast; Leela and the other child news correspondents around the world demonstrate how kids can do their research and present the news from their perspective.
This is a global podcast that covers both national and international news and events. Leela is half-Indian and half-American, was born in England, and lives in India. Local stories are presented by kid news correspondents based around the world. Presents a positive reflection of women in leading roles in media.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Newsy Pooloozi is an informative and engaging national and world news podcast for kids and families. Inquisitive kids who want to hear about current events, science news, and more will find this podcast enjoyable and educational. Kids age seven and up will probably get the most out of the podcast, but the content is suitable for younger children as well. Even news stories concerning heavier topics like war are told in a non-gory, easy-to-understand manner. One episode discusses the gun control debate in the United States, and although it's entirely kid-friendly, listeners are informed that they can skip to a certain time if they want to bypass that story. Kids are given a prominent role in newscasting, with kid correspondents from around the world featured in different segments. As an international journalist, co-host Lyndee Prickitt infuses media literacy and journalistic integrity into this family-friendly podcast.
Is It Any Good?
This is an excellent news podcast for kids and families that's age-appropriate while also respecting young listeners' intelligence and curiosity. The mother-daughter hosts of Newsy Pooloozi bring a genuine conversational style to the news-reading, which allows topics to be explored in depth and with the right amount of explanation for younger viewers. While Leela is equally involved in presenting the stories, some of the bigger concepts are explained by her mom, who is an international journalist. During a story about Nordic countries joining NATO, Leela asks the questions that many children listening might have if they have overheard the news about Russia and Ukraine. When Leela is summing up the main points for herself, this helps kids listening at home process and understand as well. The use of local kid correspondents adds to the kid-centric aspect of Newsy Pooloozi, making it a great choice for families with children who are curious about the world.
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