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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 2:03 pm 
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When I was young keeping up to date with current affairs was straightforward. Dad had it on in the lounge at 6pm and as it was the only telly in the house, you either watched with parents or you went off and did something else!

I find now though that we are rarely home at a time to watch scheduled news and as my DC's are only (nearly) 7 & 5, mainstream news is not going to hold their attention for very long. I think Newsround is a bit basic for my eldest (although probably a good introduction for my 5 yo and a conversation starter).

Alternatives are news publications for kids. I have seen 'News Junior' and 'First News' which are aimed for 7-14 year olds. Does anyone have any experience of either of these and has it been a worthwhile investment (although its not expensive).

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 2:10 pm 
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+1 for First News really good publication and also "junior" National Geographic or How it Works for more topical discussions rather than current affairs.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 2:47 pm 
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Another for First News here.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 4:07 pm 
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Mine have grown out of it now (teenagers) but we really enjoyed First News in this house. We also have fairly continuous Radio 4 being broadcast in the kitchen so they've always picked up a lot of current affairs (and literature and comedy) from that.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 6:24 pm 
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First News bored the socks off DD. She is a bit older now and loves the new Junior Week http://theweekjunior.co.uk When she was younger National Geographic for Kids was good and she still likes that. We do have the breakfast news on and always have done - but ready to switch off if a really unsuitable subject came up. Now she is 11 we don't turn off but do discuss any more adult or warring themes so she understands. Aquila mag was good but not really current affairs. They commented at her Indie interview how plugged in she is with current affairs so it can make a difference to them both socially and educationally.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 8:36 pm 
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Ds2 (age 11) loves current affairs (takes after his dad) and I buy First News for him when doing my weekly shop. He loves it, doesn't read it cover to cover but just the bits he's interested in. He will then ask me if he has any questions about items in it. I sometimes read it as well to see if there is anything he should have read.

Ds1 (15) hates reading anything on paper but will read Google Play Newsstand on his tablet and keeps up to date that way.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 8:42 pm 
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Yep, First News here too


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 10:28 pm 
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First News gets the vote here too. I often read it as well.
It was recently newspaper of the year which was well deserved in my opinion.
We have just started subscription to How it works which is enjoyed by all too.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 10:49 pm 
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How It Works is a great publications and appeals across the generations.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2016 10:03 am 
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Another vote for The Week, Junior.


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