"Kid-friendly news that keeps them up to date without all the nasties."
About Squiz Kids
Squiz parents and teachers have spoken… And what they want is a news podcast for kids.
And so, in January 2020, we launched our weekday news podcast, Squiz Kids Today.
And in July 2021, we expanded our offering with Squiz Kids Classroom.
Brought to you by the same team behind The Squiz Today and Squiz Shortcuts podcasts and newsletters, Squiz Kids is out at 7am each weekday during school term with an easy-to-digest snapshot of the news - designed specifically for 8-12yos.
In just a few minutes, it’ll give Squiz Kids the rundown on the big news events unfurling around them. And while we won’t shy away from hard news stories, we’ll also make sure there’s plenty of kid-friendly content from the worlds they inhabit too.
Over at Squiz Kids Classroom, we give educators daily, differentiated literacy activities that connect to the podcast, as well as weekly Shortcuts for kids, Squiz the World episodes, and our Newshounds media literacy curriculum. Everything we do is designed by teachers, aligned to the Australian curriculum, and focused on keeping kids engaged and informed.
And it's all delivered in The Squiz’s signature style - with positivity, humour and opinion-free.
MEET THE SQUIZ KIDS TEAM
Squiz Kids Host - journalist, author and father-of-two.
Bryce has been a journalist for over 25 years, written four books, and worked in newsrooms in Sydney, London, and Paris. He started Squiz Kids in 2020 because he wanted all Aussie kids, including his own, to be curious about the world around them, while learning to be critical consumers of media. In an age in which more and more of us are getting our news from our social media feeds – and those feeds are becoming narrower by the day as algorithms make judgments about our interests – he’s pretty sure that children who have a well-rounded, informed view of the world will be better prepared to succeed in it.
Squiz Kids educator extraordinaire - teacher, wearer of many hats, and parent-of-two.
Christie Kijurina is an educator who is passionate about supporting learners to develop skills to be confident, critical and creative individuals, equipped to play an active and informed role in society. She has taught in both primary and high schools in Queensland, coming to education after careers in fashion retailing, hospitality and the automotive industries. Christie and her kids were avid daily listeners of the Squiz Kids News podcast before she joined the Squiz Kids team last year. She is living up to her mantra of being a lifelong learner, taking yet another new career twist in her mid-forties and loving it!
Squiz Kids educator extraordinaire - teacher, former journalist, and mother-of-two.
Originally from Perth, Amanda traveled the world as a journalist, then got slightly stuck in the US for 21 years. She was a correspondent for Time magazine in New York and then San Francisco, but finally saw the light and became a primary teacher while in California. Imagine her good fortune, on moving the family to Sydney years later, to discover her old buddy Bryce was looking for a teacher with experience in journalism! Trained by Columbia Teachers College’s Reading and Writing project, as well as the Buck Institute for Education, Amanda will talk to you for hours about the importance of authentic, engaging learning tasks… and why guiding young people to be critical consumers and producers of media is one of the most pressing issues of our time.
Bryce chats Newshounds with Tonya Turner of QWeekend and VWeekend.
“Increasingly they were coming to the dinner table and regurgitating things they’d picked up online while watching YouTube or flicking through TikTok or Instagram. I was constantly saying to them, ‘you know you can’t believe everything you read or see online’.’