Personal and social education lessons could actually become interesting with the use of the cyber pet as a teaching aid. Where else can we find such a willing subject to teach parenting skills, social skills, elementary first aid, personal hygiene, the virtues of tidying up, the necessity of a sensible bed time, and babysitters when the owner wants to go out? It could also be a valuable contraceptive in making children realise the responsibilities of parenthood.
Children will learn much more readily from a two-inch piece of plastic containing a microchip than from an adult with a degree and real-life experience. Sad but true. The only problem for teachers is mastering the instruction book or finding a child who can explain which button to press when Fido wants to have a shower. And what to do when your cyber pet dies because you've got too much marking to play with it.
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