Touch Pets Dogs
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this virtual pet game encourages kids to adopt dogs from shelters. The game gets silly, with dogs aspiring to become celebrities, scientists, and rock stars, but kids learn about basic care, too. Watch for in-app purchases and the option to share animal status with social media channels.
What kids can learn
Responsibility & Ethics
- making wise decisions
- respect for others
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids take on responsibility for another, virtually living thing and make decisions for the dog's care; with all the choices available to keep your pup happy and healthy, it's also a lot of fun.
Kids see their pet dogs thrive as they're fed, watered, groomed, petted, and played with, learning that constant attention is required to keep an animal healthy. Kids also can take their pets on missions and see how the pets respond to other environments.
There are a few places to find outside support, such as a Facebook group for Touch Pets superfans, but, beyond that, there's not much help.
What's it about?
Kids adopt a virtual dog from a shelter and then care for it by petting, feeding, and playing with it. The virtual pet can also go on missions, and kids can decorate the home with and dress the dog up. Kids pet the dog by rubbing the screen with their finger, and drag and drop food, toys, and clothes to use them. The dog can also interact with other dogs via the social media links in the app.
Is it any good?
This interactive game puts a real dog inside your iPhone. He (or she) stands with front paws against the screen as if trapped on the other side of the glass. The graphics are good and the touch and accelerometer interactions are great. Pet your grateful pooch with finger swipes and roll the ball around the big back yard by tilting the phone. Pick up poop. Neglect him and the poor pup becomes tired and lonely.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about caring for an animal. What kind of attention does a dog need compared to a cat, or a hamster?
Visit your local animal shelter and spend some time playing with the animals there. Ask your kids why it might be important to help out pets at a shelter.