I’ve always tried to keep my children (my sons Oliver and Alexander are 12 and 7) informed about world news in a way that is age-appropriate whilst harnessing empathy and understanding. It’s important that children 7+ are able to understand elementary politics and the government’s function, as well as more about society’s infrastructure and some insight into conflict and war.
First News is an award-winning newspaper and app for 7-14 year olds providing an important and fun tool in which to do just that.
Available in print delivered straight to your door every Friday as well as available on their new app, First News believes children deserve to not only have a window into the world but to also understand that world.
It provides children with access to factual, impartial news and entertainment (games and competitions) from the UK and around the world, expertly written by award-winning journalists who regularly run polls on their site asking kids what matters to them. Children are at the heart of everything First News cover.
Their remit is to educate and entertain their readers to create questioning minds, capable of debate: future global citizens who can positively shape the world around them.
Their brand-new interactive app not only contains their weekly newspaper, but also daily news, cutting-edge video content, weekly puzzles, wordie, and more without any political bias focusing on stories which affect kids.
Importantly both the print edition and app allows parents to broach news in a sensitive, emotionally-secure way.
The print newspaper costs £28.99 a quarter with a cancel anytime policy!
You can also take out a 4 week FREE trial of the newspaper and app with no obligation to continue.
Both my kids loved the diverse news and games on offer with Oliver gravitating to the political and scientific content (spanning pieces on the new Primeminister to greenhouse gases on the rise) and Xander, the sport (Marvelloius Messi setting records).
What to expect if you take out a subscription:
First News takes the fear out of sensationalised world events that children hear, giving them a balanced and truthful view of the world.
First News carefully, and sensitively, explains the background to stories in the news.
In our news coverage, First News counters over-reported negative news in other areas of the media by showing that there is much more good news in the world, than bad – and many more good people, than bad.
First News gives children a voice about the issues they care about.
First News shows young people in a positive light, bringing attention to the good things that young people do.
We take care to show people who might be marginalised in a way that is not degrading.
Jam-packed, interactive app that has the weekly newspaper – plus daily news, puzzles, wordie, competitions and more!