If you're a parent with a child who loves Minecraft, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about? What kind of things will they be doing in the game? And most importantly, is it safe and appropriate for your child? In this blog post, we provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about whether or not Minecraft is right for your family.
We'll discuss the gameplay mechanics, safety concerns and age appropriateness of the game so that you can decide if it's something your children should be playing.
What is Minecraft?
Minecraft is a sandbox video game that was released in 2011. The game has no specific goals, allowing players to use their imagination to build structures, create artwork and explore the world around them. Minecraft is one of the most popular video games of all time, with over 200 million copies sold across various platforms as of May 2020. The game's popularity has led to the creation of a large online community, with millions of players interacting with each other on forums and in-game chat rooms. With such a large and dedicated community, it's no surprise that many parents are interested in knowing more about Minecraft and whether it’s safe for their children.
How old do you have to be to play Minecraft?
Minecraft is rated 7+, which means it’s suitable for children aged seven and up. However, according to the Entertaining Software Rating Board (ESRB), Minecraft is only suitable for people aged 10+, as the game has a mild amount of violence, with players able to attack and kill animals and monsters in the game.
For more information on the age limit for Minecraft and other online games, you can refer to our handy guide to online age limits. It will help you make sure your child is only playing appropriate games for their age, so you can rest easy knowing they're not seeing anything they shouldn't be.
Does Minecraft have in-game purchases?
Yes, Minecraft has in-game purchases, but they are not required to progress in the game. In-game purchases include items such as ‘skin packs’, which change the appearance of players, and ‘texture packs’, which change the appearance of the world. These purchases are not necessary to enjoy the game, so if you're concerned about your child spending money in the game, you can rest assured that it's not required to progress.
For added peace of mind and to prevent unwanted in-game purchases, you can rely on GoHenry. With GoHenry, you can set spending notifications and controls to make sure your children aren't spending their money on unnecessary in-game purchases. Try out GoHenry today to help manage your child's Minecraft spending.
Is Minecraft an online game?
Yes, Minecraft is an online game, but there is also a single-player mode. In the online mode, players can interact with each other in real-time, either in chat rooms or through in-game actions.
You can also choose to play in single-player mode, which is played offline and does not require an internet connection. This mode is a good option for children who want to play the game but aren't ready to interact with other players online.
Is Minecraft safe?
Minecraft is a safe game for children to play with a little bit of parental control. The chat feature in the game can be disabled so that players can't communicate with each other, and players aren't able to share personal information, such as their address or phone number. Also, the game has several safety features in place, such as the ability to report players who are behaving inappropriately.
However, as with any online activity, it's important to supervise your child while they’re playing to make sure that they aren't exposed to any inappropriate content. So, as long as you're keeping an eye on your child, tell them how to stay safe online and keep communication open, Minecraft can be a great game for them to enjoy and express their creativity.
Is there any violence in Minecraft?
Yes, there is violence in Minecraft, but it isn't graphic or bloody. Players can attack and kill animals in the game, but there is no gore or blood. Players can also fight each other, but the violence is ‘fantasy violence’ and is not graphic. So, overall, the violence is considered to be mild.
Can a stranger chat with my child in Minecraft?
When your child is playing Minecraft, they may come across other players who want to chat with them. However, you can disable the chat feature so that players can't communicate with each other. This will make it so that only people on your child's Friends List can chat with them while they're playing. To do this When playing a multiplayer game online, press the escape key. Click options and then ‘multiplayer settings’. Then click on ‘chat shown’ to turn chat off.
You should also talk to your child about ‘stranger danger’ and remind them not to give out personal information to people they don't know. If someone asks for their name, address, or phone number, they should tell you right away. You can also set up a rule that your child can only chat with people on their Friends List, so they won't be able to talk to anyone else while they're playing.
You can also make sure your child only plays in ‘offline’ mode, where they won't be connected to the internet while playing.
By taking these precautions, you can help keep your child safe while they're playing Minecraft.
What can my child learn from playing or watching Minecraft?
Some parents worry that their children will spend too much time playing or watching Minecraft, but there are actually a number of benefits to gaming.
For example, Minecraft can teach children about creativity, problem-solving and resource management. The game can also help children develop social skills, such as teamwork and communication. So, while it's important to monitor your child's screen time, Minecraft can be a valuable learning tool for them. And, if you're looking for ways to get your child off the screens, there are plenty of other activities that they can do with their Minecraft toys, such as building block towers or role-playing with their friends. So, don't be afraid to let your child explore the world of Minecraft. With a little bit of supervision, they can learn a lot and have fun.
How can GoHenry help?
If you're looking for ways to help your child stay safe while they're playing Minecraft, GoHenry can be a great resource. We have a number of articles and tips around gaming on our blog that can help you monitor your child's screen time, set up parental controls and teach your child about internet safety.
In addition, the GoHenry app is perfect for setting up spending limits and keeping track of your child's purchases. This way, you can ensure that they're not spending too much money on their Minecraft account. These features can significantly help reinforce parental controls in the game.