Education World: Virtual Pets (And You Thought Beanie Babies Were a Nuisance!)
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Virtual Pets (And You Thought Beanie Babies Were a Nuisance!)
Some principals are taking the byte out of "virtual pets," one of the latest fads to hit the United States. Should the distracting critters be banned?
Most principals are praying that the virtual pet craze will die out by the time fall rolls around. But, as the popularity of virtual pets—or "virtual pests," as some principals call them—grows, so does the number of principals forced to deal with distractions the digital dogs and dinosaurs can cause in U.S. classrooms. More than a few school principals have banned the cyber critters from their schools!
"First we were overrun with Beanie Babies, then all of a sudden teachers started commenting that the kids seemed to be taking a lot of long bathroom breaks," Bud Rivard, assistant principal at Center Road Eleme…
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