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Flipboard is a news aggregation app that allows users to customize and personalize their news reading experience. The app, rated for users 4+, is free to download and use, and is available in the iTunes app store and the Google Play store. It is safe for mature kids and teens, but may have some inappropriate content for young kids.

About Flipboard: News For Any Topic
In-App Purchases
None
Rating
Everyone 10+

What is Flipboard: News For Any Topic?

As a news aggregation app, Flipboard pulls together news stories from a wide variety of sources and articles from top publishers and displays them in one clean, user friendly interface. Users can personalize their experience by creating Smart Magazines, which are bundles of favorite sources, important people, and trending hashtags to stay up to date with the latest tweets.

 

The home carousel can hold up to 9 smart magazines for easy pickings of the user’s favorite stories. With publishers like the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Wired, Rolling Stone, National Geographic, ESPN, and so much more, users can be sure they are seeing the top stories in any area of interest.

 

The Flipboard editorial team also puts out a daily roundup of the most important stories of the day, so avid news readers can read all they need in one spot, on an easy to operate platform. Beyond just articles and written material, Flipboard also provides the reader with recent videos and podcasts on their favorite topics.

 

The app is free in the iTunes app store and the Google Play Store. Reviewers hold Flipboard in high praise. The app scores a 4.7 out of 5 in the iTunes review section, and many enjoy not only having access to the top sources and publishers in so many areas of interest in one place, but also the crisp interface and customizability the Flipboard platform offers.  

Is Flipboard: News For Any Topic safe for my kids?

Flipboard, though rated for users 4+, is generally not safe for younger kids, as the news stories which it aggregates may have mature themes and stories that are inappropriate for children.

While there are many news stories that do not contain inappropriate content, the Flipboard app does not have a way to block out any articles that have themes of violence or mature issues.

If kids are interested in the sports or food section of Flipboard, it may be best for parents to let them read the stories that interest them on the parent’s phone instead of downloading the app themselves if parents believe them too young to do so.

For older teens that are have an interest in the world around them, Flipboard is a great platform to foster that interest. Users of the app will be connected with different social platforms, such as comment boards on news sites and Twitter, but the app itself does not have any public or private chat features.

Overall, Flipboard is an app that is safe for mature kids and teens, but not recommended for young children.

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