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Parents' Guide to

NBC Nightly News Kids Edition

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Kid-oriented newscast helps teach media literacy.

TV NBC Educational 2020
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 4+

Best show ever!

This is the ONLY show my kids ask to record for them. They find it extremely interesting and fun. BEST SHOW EVER ! Lester is the best 👏🏼
age 7+


My grandson and I really enjoy watching the show. The topics are informative, and very much up-to-date with what's going on in the world today. Lester Holt is a fantastic host and the guests (children and adults) are quite engaging. Check it out!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (2 ):

This series offers child-friendly journalism by covering timely, factual accounts in ways that young viewers can understand easier than its adult-oriented evening news counterpart. Top stories address events that are headlining across the world, such as the spread of COVID-19, and ongoing race-related protests. But the reporting is less overwhelming for young viewers to process, even though the facts remain the same. Furthermore, many of these stories explain, rather than simply report, events so that children will have an easier time understanding what's happening around the world. More importantly, these narratives are presented in ways that invite young viewers to talk to their parents about them. The time spent on these stories is purposely limited, and most newscasts follow them with youth profiles, features about animals, and other pieces that help keep the overall newscast upbeat. NBC Nightly News Kids Edition is a great viewing option for young news enthusiasts. It also offers a great opportunity for young people to work on their critical thinking skills while becoming more media literate.

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