Thursday, May 30, 2013

Another Look At the iTunes App News-O-Matic

My son had the chance to check out News-O-Matic, he loved it. Here is some information about this great resource for kids.

News-O-Matic is an educational news app that covers breaking news, sports, science and much more in an accessible and kid-friendly way.
Targeted to kids ages 7-10News-O-Matic is a week day newspaper application which includes five daily news stories, detailed images, videos, illustrations, maps, timelines and games. P4K’s objective is to inspire a generation of children to become habitual news readers and well-informed global citizens.
News-O-Matic gives children the opportunity to explore the latest current events through the app, while also giving them a voice to express their views. Children can interact with the Editor-in-Chief by rating stories, drawing pictures, asking questions or expressing opinions about current topics in the “News Room” section of the app. 
Created by a skilled team—including child experts, designers and entrepreneurs—News-O-Matic aims to transform the news experience for children in a safe, interactive environment while encouraging them to become knowledgeable, productive members of society.

Making sense of the current tragedies around the world from the Boston marathon bombings, to the Oklahoma City Tornadoes to the recent terrorist attack in London can be quite a challenge for adults, let alone children. As parents know, children process these things differently.  They may be asking difficult questions and parents may need suggestions to help discuss what happened and address their concerns. Since directing them to the New York Times to read about it or any other news source is not an option, Press4Kids developed News-O-Matic.

My son loved the app, he said it was fun and interesting. My eight year old son Kyle got the chance to check out News-O-Matic. We were able to get the free download on Itunes to check it out. He loved the colorful pictures and looking at the news. He checked out an alligator called Mr. Stubbs, an alligator who had his tail bitten off by another alligator. Mr. Stubbs now has a prosthetic tail to help him swim. He also learned black smoke came from the Vatican chimney which means no pope was picked. News-O-Matic also has puzzles and games your kids can play with. The best thing about this app is it is educational for your children. They get to watch the news in a kids way and don't have to deal with all of the violence mom and dad get when they watch their news. 

Kids love to watch the new too, News-O-Matic is a chance for them to watch the news their own way, this educational device is great for children between the ages of 7-10. My six year old girl will tell you it is great for her too. You can buy this News-O-Matic app on Itunes. News-O-Matic is also a great app for teachers who want to teach their children about the news. Summer vacation is coming, News-O-Matic would be a great way for your children to keep up with the news.

Disclaimer: I was given the chance to review this News-O-Matic app, the views and opinions are my own.

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