This is it! This is one of those apps that make parents everywhere smile, breathe a sigh of relief or maybe even do a subtle fist-pump of happiness. Why are parents going to rejoice over this app, you may ask? Because the developers of this app “get it”….they really “get it”. They see a need for an app for kids and they answer back with an outstanding, high-quality, safe news app for kids. Parents, I give you News-O-Matic, Daily Reading for Kids.
News-O-Matic is an interactive news app for kids. This app scans the current events for news-worthy yet age-appropriate stories for kids. The events covered are cutting edge and informative while still being of interest to children. Every edition is thoroughly reviewed by professional children’s writers, a teacher and a child psychologist to make sure that the content is safe for children. Each daily issue comes with 5 news stories complete with pictures, videos and illustrations. There are stories about world news, sports, science, wacky stories from around the globe and more. There are also places where you can tap for additional activities that engage your child in learning and reinforce the facts they are reading in a fabulously fun way.
One of my favorite features of this app was the editor’s desk. Here, readers can post their comments and questions about the stories featured. It offers a safe and effective way for kids to give their opinions and insights about the news and learn critical thinking skills as well as a way to teach them how to respect the opinions of others and look at ideas with different perspectives. They can also write letters to the editor, Russ as well as draw pictures that may be selected to be featured in an upcoming edition.
You can download a trial version of this app for free with several subscription options available for in-app purchase. In my opinion, the $19.99 yearly subscription is the best value and well-worth the subscription price. One of my children has to find a weekly current event to report on in class. Thanks to News-O-Matic, I no longer have to worry about what kind of stories she will be exposed to in the newspaper or on the internet while she is searching for an appropriate story to share. I have also started having my kids read the daily edition for their required nightly reading. They love the stories and I know they are learning about current news events too! I’ve had my subscription for a week now and I love it and so do my kids. Thank you News-O-Matic for making news safe and interesting for my children!