I bet you're all sick of your parents telling you to stop playing on the computer
and do something useful, right? Well, what parents don't see is the educational
side to NeoPets.
There's a lot more to this site that we all love than what meets the eye. Let's
take Neopoints as an example:
For starters, it teaches you the value of money, how to make a living. You
have to work in order to earn them, they don't just magically appear. Once you've
got them, you have to decide whether to spend or save them. Should you keep
them in the bank for an emergency? Or add to your NeoHome? You need to have
enough to survive on, just like in the real world.
The games help you too. The puzzles make you think, testing your brain power.
The gambling ones do the best for you. If you gamble all your points away on
the lottery, the scratchcard game and Dice-A-Roo, it won't be long before you're
struggling to survive. If this should happen, you'll learn from your mistake,
and hopefully won't end up gambling all your money away in years to come.
The shops teach you how to make a profit. How to find something cheap. How
much to price items for. This could be beneficial for any people setting up
their own shop business in later life!
Even the pets themselves play a big part. Many times my dad has told me that
I can't have a pet because I'm not "Responsible" enough. By looking after your
NeoPets, you learn about taking care of things. You wouldn't let your precious
NeoPet go hungry, would you? Of course not! For those of you who have been members
a long time, feeding them is probably part of your daily routine now. You learn
to take care of others that need your help.
I hope my article has taught you something about the value of NeoPets, and
I'm sorry to the older members who don't have their parents pestering on at
them about getting off the computer :)