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News-O-Matic, Daily Reading for Kids app review: kids can be informed

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Introduction

Just as you read the news every day and like to stay on top of world events, it's important for kids to feel as though they are part of the world and read up on the news themselves. The News-O-Matic, Daily Reading for Kids app can be used on your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone and is specially designed to provide news that is ideal for kids. They will get to catch up on kid-friendly news through the use of stories, images, videos, maps, and games so it is engaging for them.

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News-O-Matic: Reading for Kids

Free

News with a Kids’ Spin

If your child is showing interest in the news that's a great thing but perhaps you're feeling the news us adults watch isn't appropriate for them, is a little dull for them, or just not what given in a way that makes sense to kids. Here's a solution to those problems. All of the stories you will find here are relevant but appeal to kids. You'll find news about crazy world events, wacky events, science, and sports. Each day kids are given five news stories which include media such as images, videos, and/or games. Each story has its own map so kids can also see exactly where the story is taking place, giving them an even better understanding.

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This app is free to download however it does require a subscription to use. Yearly subscriptions are priced at $19.99, monthly is $1.99, and weekly is $0.99.

 

A fabulous and kid-friendly user interface
A fabulous and kid-friendly user interface

Include the Kids

I love that this app gives parents a chance to include kids in staying up-to-date with important events. News is typically something that would be very boring for kids but that isn’t the case at all with this app. The way the home page is set up, it almost feels like a comic book or a really dynamic kids’ magazine. Everything about it is engaging, entertaining, and draws kids in. Even the headlines are punchy and kid-friendly.

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Kids can tap on any article to read more about it, view photos, see a map, read up on relevant facts, comment on the story, draw on the story, and even rate the story. When it comes to the stories they are kept fairly short and use language that is appropriate and engaging for kids. In fact I think this news is a whole lot more exciting and fun than the stuff us adults read!

 

Content is written specifically for kids
Content is written specifically for kids

News-O-Matic: Reading for Kids

Free

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Provides kids with world news on a daily basis
  • All content is geared towards kids and written in a way that is appropriate for them
  • View maps, images, videos, and play games relating to the content
  • A dynamic and engaging user interface

 

Cons

  • Requires a subscription to use it

 

News-O-Matic screenshot
News-O-Matic screenshot

Final Thoughts

The News-O-Matic, Daily Reading for Kids app can be used on your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone and is a wonderful and entertaining way for kids to be informed of interesting world events in a kid-appropriate way.

 

News-O-Matic: Reading for Kids

Free
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