Ms. S or the elder one turned 9 recently. Last few months, I was trying to think of a way to introduce her to news. No, no news channels. She gets KidsAge Magazine at home, but that hasn’t been enough to cover the news that happen every single day. Man, the world keeps moving, and so should your knowledge about it. Then , I considered signing up to some really cool kids newspapers like curiousowl and one more. However, given the time kid will have in the morning – I wasnt very optimistic she can get anything done. Oh yes, I could read to her but that time will be spent in getting the younger one ready. So, TV is out. News papers are out. So, how else can get her started?
Enter KidzByte app. Its a curated news app for curious minds ( read : younger kids )
The app has many categories, and all the latest news are promptly updated. It has a Read to me version and a short video before the text. So, kid is essentially given 3 options to understand the same news item. And the app has built gamification to its best use. Every article ( short : around 150 to 200 words), has a question with objective type answer format. So, kids now have an incentive to read / listen / view the item. Sometimes, the question isnt from the article, but definitely answerable by the smart phone assistant readily available on all phones these days.
There are many categories of news, and the information is updated every single day. Almost, all major events in the world and a lot of trivia is added – which adds up over time to the kid’s general knowledge. There is an overall leaderboard, and every week’s leaderboard. Each player is given an overall rank, and there are levels the player can reach based on the number of points he/she earns in the game. So, how does one earn points? By answering the questions right? How smartly connected 🙂
So, how does the app makers earn money? By giving bonus points and power ups for certain amount of money. Ofcourse, kids want to earn points quickly, and when they are learning something along the way, parents won’t mind spending as well. I’ve recharged twice as of now, and it keeps the kid really motivated to read more and learn stuff.
There are lot of competitions they conduct on a daily basis, which Saanvi hasn’t participated yet. The next step is to create a gmail account for her, via Family feature of gmail. Every day morning, now it’s a ritual for the kid to do the app for 10 minutes and collect her share of points for the day. At the same time, get the latest news in the most informative, non intrusive way!
Kudos to the makers of this app, and this is one of the best apps for kids out there.
Rating – 5/5
Have a good day and keep rocking!