What is Minecraft – A Parent Guide (Video)

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Minecraft is a three-dimensional game that has no specific goals for the player to accomplish

Players have a great amount of freedom in choosing how to play Minecraft

  • Since there are no specific goals in Minecraft, players have a great amount of freedom in choosing how to play the game
  • Players break and place blocks. The game world is composed of rough 3D objects—mainly cubes—arranged in a fixed grid pattern and representing different materials, such as dirt, stone, water, lava, etc.

What does Minecraft marketing say?

Gameplay involves players interacting with the game world by placing and breaking various types of blocks in a 3D environment. Build creative structures, creations, and artwork on multiplayer servers and single player worlds across multiple game modes

Which platforms can you play Minecraft on?

  • iOS / Android
  • PlayStation
  • Xbox
  • Wii U
  • Windows
  • macOS
  • Linux
  • Windows Phone
  • Fire OS

Minecraft in the news

Your kid’s brain on Minecraft looks like a brain on drugs. –NBC

  • “Your kid’s brain on Minecraft looks like a brain on drugs.”NBC
  • “The fact that parents are worried about the varying levels of enthusiasm/obsession/addiction that their children display when playing Minecraft has been well-documented.”BBC
  • “Minecraft, like YouTube, Wikipedia and so many other computer resources available to children, can be obsessive.”Huffington Post
  • “Kids’ impulse to tinker with Minecraft pushes them to master real-world technical skills.”NY Times

Why should parents care?

Minecraft is the best selling PC game and the 2nd best selling video game of all time.

  • Minecraft is the best selling PC game and the 2nd best-selling video game of all time
  • Strangers have the ability to contact your teen in multiplayer mode
  • Playing in multiplayer mode can leave your teen susceptible to bullying and inappropriate content or language
  • It is common for players to download “mods” which can contain viruses or objectionable content
  • “Minecraft” is the second most searched for term on YouTube
  • Gameplay videos are extremely popular on YouTube and typically contain graphic language

What can parents do?

Show interest in your teen’s gameplay, ask them about their game and what their goals are.

  • Set devices to “play offline” to prevent your teen from using multiplayer mode
  • Teach time management and enforce time limits by setting up a visual timer next to the device your kids are playing on
  • Progressing in the app requires complex skills. Consider challenging your teen to build these skills and strategize how they will play the game
  • Watch gameplay videos before your teen to ensure that the content is appropriate
  • Encourage your teen to spend time doing Minecraft activities they can do offline like planting seeds or visiting a geology museum
  • Show interest in your teen’s gameplay, ask them about their game and what their goals are
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