Is Minecraft dangerous for kids safety? There are dangers on all online games so we as parents need to be very vigilant and educate our kids to the dangers out there from adults pretending to be kids and also from cyber bullying from other children.
When my eldest kids who are now 20 and 18 started playing computer games around the age of 6 or 7 there was no Xbox or PlayStation live so we could pick and choose the games they played however as they grew and the internet evolved then so did the online games so we had to raise our protective awareness to the cyber world as well as the real world as we all have done with our kids.
We found the best way to protect them was to educate them to the dangers of strangers pretending to be someone they’re not just as you tell your kids not to speak to strangers when they are playing out.
By the ages of 12 and 10 they were acutely aware and had become very street wise in the world of computers.
My youngest son who is now 12 learnt from a much earlier age as he had his elder brothers and his parents to guide him and to date luckily he has had no issues although everything is still monitored closely.
So is Minecraft dangerous for Kids safety? Here is a parents guide from a parent!
I would like to emphasize that this game when operated safely is a unique and highly stimulating game where my son pictured above actually learnt to read and write using this game at home and at school using minecraft education
I would not recommend the game to children under the age of 6 or 7 years of age and then I would buy it for a gaming console with no access to the online servers so they can develop their skills for the game. For this you need to choose single player.
With a single player server no one can chat to your child or join there game so here your child is completely safe from the outside world.
The other factor to take into account especially for younger children is the different worlds and monsters within the game. You may not be happy for your child to play with these characters in case they have night mares or get scared.
to familiarize yourself with Minecraft characters click here
the 3 modes that you can play in Minecraft:
Here you can do anything, but monsters cannot attack your character and your character is immortal. Creative mode the safest mode and the ideal choice for younger children.
Here the players who choose this mode cannot break any blocks however they can kill monsters and animals, but likewise thay can be killed by monsters !
Players must survive against monsters and hunger hence the title survival mode. If your struggling you can turn the monsters off by pressing escape and choosing settings where you can choose the difficulty level ; ‘peaceful’.
some other tips I can suggest as a parents guide for Minecraft and any internet game are as follows;
- Turn of chat -The multiplayer mode of Minecraft allows children and older players to chat that they meet when their paths cross in the worlds. This is a very dangerous problem as anyone can pretend to be someone their not like an adult pretending to be a child so disabling this feature is a sure fire way of maintaining your child’s safety online. You will find this in options or settings. This could also be a rule of playing as the little cherubs do like to barter don’t they!!
Child Friendly Servers
As I have mentioned the single world server is the safest server for your child to play on within the game and thankfully there are lots of child friendly servers for children and their families to play on. Here you will find they have strict rules about language and behavior.
Viruses and Malware
So another nuisance that an effect your child’s pleasure or the viruses out there, There are websites out there selling non licensed Minecraft add-ons you can download that could have the potential to infect your computer so it is important to again Educate your kids on the dangers of downloading anything without permission.
Also another tip which I have done and still do is to find out what worries your child about playing online as they may just surprise you with the knowledge they already know about our fears for them playing online games.
Most of what I’ve written about here is common sense that we apply to the kids for online safety as we would in the real world as the dangers are the same in reality and in the cyber world.
If you have any concerns over the dangers of online games or social media please visit the NSPCC or give them a call:
UK: 0808 800 5002 www.nspcc.org.uk
I apologise if I have not included other countries but every country will have a website for children’s welfare that you can explore.