Thursday, May 23, 2013

Press4Kids Review and Goodie Bag Giveaway!!


There has been numerous tragedies these past few months, from the Boston Marathon Bombing, to the unforgivable Mother Natures, Twisters that hit Oklahoma this week. (Which by the way, My heart goes out to all that has been affected by this devastation!!) As adults we understand these forces that our county endures, but the ones who don't really understand the full picture is our younger generation, our children!!


Press4Kids has developed an amazing app called News-O-Matic!! The News-O-Matic app will help educate children on news occurring in the world in a kid friendly manner!! It also covers sports, science and much more, in this weekday newspaper!! This application includes five daily news stories, detailed images, videos, illustrations, maps, time lines and games, and is targeted for kids ages 7 to 10. Children can explore the latest current events, while giving them a voice to express their views. They can interact with the Editor-in-Chief by rating stories, drawing pictures, asking questions or expression their own opinions about current topics in the "News Room" section of the app. P4K's objective for the News-O-Matic is to inspire a generation of children to become habitual news readers and well informed global citizens!!

With the way the world is today, I think this app is a must have!! Us, as parents, guardians, and grandparents, just don't always have the right answers or can't explain things in which they way a child sees it, and with this app, you will have help explaining things in a way a kid can understand, and wont be left out. I think it would be a great learning tool for children of the proper age group!

Dr. Phillis Ohr, Child Psychologist for Press4Kids, shared some great tips below on how parents can address news issues with children and what children can do to feel better.

1.      When the event does not personally affect the child, reassure them that everything is okay with the people they love and that nothing has changed for them.

2.     Be sure to stress to children that if they do have questions to ask parents, teachers as well as friends. Other children having the same feelings may be comforting.


3.    Begin by giving the child a brief synopsis of what happened by using age appropriate language. Ask if there is something they want to know more about or if they need something explained further. If so, stick to pointedly answering their question or clarifying. Do not add on or digress.

4.    Do not assume the news will make children feel a certain way. Ask if they know how they feel, but stress that kids feel all different ways when they hear important news and sometimes do not know how they feel or do not feel anything which is okay. However, if children are affected by it, it is their own feeling. Reassure children that no matter what they are feeling, their feelings are okay.

5.    If they are upset but don't want to talk, suggest a fun activity for distraction or help them use calming skills like playing, drawing a picture or writing a story. These activities help release any upset feelings and make children feel better.

To help celebrate their new News-O-Matic App, They will be offering my readers a chance to win a Goody Bag filled with goodies!!! How awesome is that??!! Thanks so much Press4Kids!


To learn more visit Press4Kids.com, you can also connect with them on Facebook and Twitter!!




BUY IT: You can purchase a Subscription to News-O-Matic App in three ways: Daily Issue for $1.99, A Week for $6.99 or for a complete year for $49.99 in the Apple App Store!! Right now you can get a three day free trial, to check it all out!! For your free three issues click HERE!!! This app is for iPads or iPad Minis.

WIN IT: Thanks to Press4Kids, one lucky reader will win a Goodie bag filled with goodies!! (Goodies include a $10 iTunes Gift Card, Backpack, Hats, Water Bottles and an iPad Screen Cleaner!!)

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*Disclaimer- I will be receiving a Goodie Bag for corporation in this post and Press4Kids PR firm will be sponsoring the giveaway. All opinions expressed are mine and one hundred percent honest and true, your opinion may differ.*

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35 comments :

dailymom said...

My daughter isn't quite old enough to be exposed to the news, but my nephew could really benefit as he sees it all and always has many questions

Ashley T. said...

I think my niece could benefit from news o matic the most

Darlene said...

My grandchildren are too young but it would benefit them when they get older.

Priscilla Benavides said...

My son will always ask why people die and why it happened so this would be easier to explain to him in terms he would understand.

Liberty Boblett said...

My daughter would benefit from app. I only let my kids see certain news pieces.

latanya t said...

it would happen to explain it better

Jenny said...

My son would benefit from this app.

Anonymous said...

Trying to say it in a way that doesn't upset them

Cara James

Anonymous said...

Explaining in a way that doesn't scare them too much.

Austin Baroudi said...

Sugarcoating everything to not scare or upset them!
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This app is great. They have awesome tips and advice for helping kids understand the news. Have you seen this: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=453967061327845&set=pb.425103354214216.-2207520000.1369759803.&type=3&theater

MamaStace said...

I kind of just let my son ask the questions and answer appropriately


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Rachel Pride said...

The world is so much harder now for parents. There is so much bad things happening. Hopefully this product helps!

Maverick and Aissa Mitton said...

My kids are still too young but I babysit my 2 nieces who are always asking questions about everything.

susie said...

That it affects them a lot.

jamie braun said...

i think the hardest part about telling kids bad news is not knowing how they will react

ufg8trj said...

not scaring them is the hardest part

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

my niece would like this app! Thank you!

tls271 said...

my boys are so smart...but I do try to explain the situation and then try to answer all questions so they can have a good feeling that they know what is going on..thanks simms3710@yahoo.com

JC said...

Find easy words and not to scare them

Sonya Sanderson said...

My kids are older, so I don't have this problem anymore. It'd hard to know the right things to say.

Sue Hull said...

My daughter is grown so I'm thankful I don't have to explain these tradgedies going on.We just keep them all in our prayers.I just feel so bad for them.Thank you :)

angel d said...

death.

Denise Nutile said...

This app would be great for my 8 year old. She is always interested in what is happening in the world but some things that happen are just too graphic for her to listen to and watch on the tv news. She would get a lot out of this.

Michele P. said...

my daughter who is 11 is exposed to the news all the time since I watch CNN alot... she knows how the world is, has been to Central America where it is considered dangerous, and knows that she must be vigilant wherever she goes, but still have a good time as well. It is heartbreaking how the world has changed so much today from when it was when I was younger-but my grandsons who are younger may benefit from an app such as this.

Melissa @IWasBornToCook said...

She's only 4 so it's not terribly difficult...yet...

Tammy S said...

This app would be great for my daughter. It is hard to explain why people live in these areas when they know something bad could happen. I think it's hard for young kids to understand why these things happen.

Mariah Williams said...

knowing how much to tell them. You have to tell them enough they are aware but not so much that they are going to be terrified it is such a fine line sometimes

Jessica Hager said...

My daughter isn't old enough so I haven't really had to tell her about anything.

JD Hoppe said...

Hard to tell anyone no matter what age. this would be great as a way to tell children that are a bit older. jdhoppe@yahoo.com

amandanicole said...

my daughters are to young right now to understand. But the app would be great for them!

azalea4150 said...

my niece would benefit from the app

Meghan said...

My kids have been using News-O-Matic since school got out and it's been a blessing! They're interested in new things and we're engaging with one another on a whole new level. Highly recommended.

Klydra Pugh said...

The hardest part of explaning tragedy to my youngest kids is finding a way to explain without scaring them.
Thanks for the chance.

Brandi Hawn said...

i have always been very upfront with my children about death and dying and terrible things that can happen to ppl so when they see bad things on the news, they aren't as bothered by them as other children b/c they understand that it's a part of life