Learn some easy ways to get your kids interested in the news to become well-informed humans!
In this day and age, information is everywhere. It’s getting harder to identify accurate, credible news sources from fake news. Plus, it’s increasingly easier to access news sources with social media platforms. And as parents, we spend a great deal of time shielding children from absorbing the ‘wrong’ types of media. From explicit music videos to hard-hitting headlines and advertising with adult themes, these forms of media could all be filed under “bad for kids”. But it begs the question, what should children see and hear so that they can learn more about the big wide world? When you feel it’s time to start introducing your kids to news and current affairs, check our list of kid-friendly news sites that help to educate your tots on hot topics and issues in a safe way.
Kid-friendly news sites for little ones
This interactive, paid-for subscription news app for kids aged seven to 10 is a great way to get the kids interested and reading news from credible sources. News of different genre, from pop culture and political news, are published on the site every day, and each piece is written by experts. Plus, it’s age-appropriate, too. Psst, check out the in-app games that make reading fun!
Looking for a website where your tween can learn about current events and news in a simple and engaging manner? Then check out Youngzine! The website covers topics from world news and technology to science, history and the arts. The website also has engaging videos for the tykes to learn more about the world. We’re big fans of this kid-friendly news site!
Let the kiddos search for articles based on their interests! Dogo News has curated articles in social studies, sports, the environment and tons more for the kids to explore. The site is definitely more US-centric, but it’s a good way to expand the little ones’ interests. It’s also a good resource for the tykes if they have a school project to work on.
Scholastic News Online
The folks over at Scholastic have been the source of information for kids and parents for years, so it’s no surprise that we’d include them in our list! There’s tons to explore – from your standard articles and videos, to book reviews, podcasts, surveys and more. Plus, check out the Kids Press Corps: real kids conducting interviews. Super cool! Don’t miss out on the interactive games, too.
On the hunt for some extra reading material… in Mandarin? Sign the kids up for ZB Schools! Much like English news sites, the website has news articles on the comings and goings in Singapore – from the daily news to local showbiz and more. It’s the perfect way to let the kids improve their Mandarin language and read up on the local news at the same time. Plus, it’s free!
Sometimes it’s way easier to learn about the news through an interactive video, and CNN 10 does just that! Let the kids browse through these 10-minute videos to understand the world around them. It’s definitely useful if you want to teach the kids more about complicated issues. A great kid-friendly news site!
The Learning Network
Set up by the New York Times, The Learning Network offers general educational content, like activities for students, and mixes it up with current events and opinion pieces. Want to be tested? Try out the weekly news quiz with your little one to see how well-read you are.
Time for Kids
Yes, we’re talking about the illustrious Time magazine! Time for Kids was once a kid-friendly news site, but now it offers a weekly print magazine subscription service, lesson plans for parents and teachers, digital access and a yearly subscription to Time, of course.
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