News-O-Matic: Newspaper iPad App for Kids
Press4Kids (P4K) announced the launch of its first publication, News-O-Matic, an educational news app for kids aged 7 to 10 years old. The groundbreaking app covers current events, including sports, science and much more in an innovative and kid-friendly way. News-O-Matic transforms the news experience for young readers in a safe and interactive environment, encouraging children to become well-informed global citizens.
P4K’s objective is to inspire a generation of children to become habitual news readers and well-informed global citizens. Its first publication, News-O-Matic, contextualizes the news and creates an experience that engages and entertains. News-O-Matic is a daily newspaper application which includes five daily news stories, detailed images, videos, illustrations, maps, timelines, and games.
News-O-Matic is active! Children not only have the opportunity to explore the latest current events through the app, but are given 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.
The News-O-Matic editorial team is led by Editor-in-Chief Russell Kahn, an award-winning author of educational books and is comprised of dedicated journalists and educators. Articles cover the latest in world news with an age-appropriate and easy-to-understand approach. Each article is reviewed by an on-staff child psychologist to ensure that all content is safe for children. P4K is fully aligned with school standards and all content meets Common Core State Standards (CCSS) at the 3rd- and 4th-grade levels. News-O-Matic is also certified by the kidSAFE® Seal Program, a new, fast-growing “seal of approval“ program that independently reviews and certifies the safety practices of children-friendly websites, mobile apps, and technologies.
“Children can no longer be spared from the news,” said Lillian Holtzclaw Stern, Press4Kids, Co-Founder. “And many parents don’t have the time or know-how to explain current events. That’s why we felt compelled to create News-O-Matic — to provide children with a resource that satisfies their curiosity and teaches them about their world while having fun.”
News-O-Matic is available for the iPad or iPad Mini in the Apple App Store for a free, three-edition trial here. The newspaper is 100% ad-free, with weekly, monthly, and yearly subscriptions available through the app for $1.99, $6.99, and $49.99, respectively.
Source: Press Release