Parents' Guide to

My AR Puppy

By Keri Wilmot, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Cute virtual canine can teach care but has purchases.

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This virtual puppy might help introduce caring for a pet, but it's lack of realism and in-app purchases make it more of a game. Children love to nurture and care for animals, especially dogs. But, kids and their families do not always understand the amount of commitments it takes to care for puppies. Using augmented reality, kids can design a puppy and then envision what it's like to care for it in their home environment. Using basic tapping and swiping, interacting with the puppy in the app is simple. However, in order to unlock additional features, kids will need to spend a fair amount of time engaging with the app to unlock coins. Buying the items through in-app purchasing is expensive. Kids love to earn points, and parents might want to monitor their play, since it's possible to be continuously rewarded for feeding the dog repeatedly, which is not realistic in day-to-day life. While this app is primarily a game for kids to play, parents who are looking to teach kids about the realistic requirements of having a puppy might be able to use it as an exercise in promoting responsible pet ownership.

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