Pets and children are a good combination. the physical benefits are obvious the interaction with a pet will most likely get them off the phone and outside for a walk or playtime. Improvement in motor skills and overall health have been documented.
Social skills will improve. Interaction with other children, and since animal are accepting and nonjudgmental they can offer opportunity for a child practice social behavior.
Children like all humans can find comfort in a pet during emotional up and downs. They can be a healing vehicle.
Being responsible for a pet can teach valuable lessons that follow us throughout our lives.