10 Reasons Why Minecraft is Safe & Good for Kids - dummies

10 Reasons Why Minecraft is Safe & Good for Kids

By Jesse Stay, Thomas Stay, Jacob Cordeiro

Minecraft, with more than 16 million copies sold to date, is an open world game where players gather resources and build structures while battling monsters. But it’s more than just a game. Minecraft allows players to build, imagine, and create in a three-dimensional environment. While normal games control your play-style and experiences, Minecraft solicits more thought-provoking skills like problem-solving, creativity, imagination, and exploration. Learn how kids can benefit from Minecraft while also remaining safe while playing online.

Is Minecraft Safe For Your Child?

Yes. Minecraft is a kid-friendly video game with no explicit content. When playing in Singleplayer mode, children are only exposed to the artificially controlled mobs where combat scenarios are not graphic whatsoever. With cartoon-like designs (block style), even monsters like zombies pose little threat to kids!

If your children are playing online in a multiplayer server, they can be exposed to interacting complete strangers. Like many other online video games, this poses threats. However, if you teach your children the right digital safety types (i.e. – never give out your real name, address, or other personal information), the online version of the game will be a positive social experience.

Why Minecraft is Good for Kids

Parents often ask, “Is Minecraft bad for my child?”. The answer is no! This is one of the few games that pairs the entertainment factor of a video game with the growth and development of important skills like critical-thinking. Still not convinced? Check out these ten concrete reasons why Minecraft isn’t your typical video game and how kids can benefit from playing it.

  • You can play with your child. There’s no reason you can’t play Minecraft with your child, either watching what he or she does (and monitoring for safety), or play in multiplayer mode alongside your child. You can work as a team and even bond over the game.

  • You can keep play private. If you’re concerned about who your child is playing with, you can limit her or his play to single mode — he or she plays alone. You can also join a server where you know all the players or create your own server, and invite only people you know, like friends from school or family members, to play with your child.

  • Minecraft develops your child’s creativity. Minecraft isn’t just about stacking and unstacking blocks. Encourage your kids to build something learned in school, like a Scottish castle or an Egyptian pyramid. Or create an entire world from their imagination.

  • You can keep Minecraft nonviolent. If you don’t want your child fighting off creepers and other monsters, you can set Minecraft to peaceful mode which eliminates all hostile mobs from the game.

  • Your child can learn another language. Want to expose your child to another language? Set Minecraft to a foreign language — like German, French, or Japanese!

  • Your child can master useful skills. A lot of Minecrafters learn useful skills that can lead to future jobs. How about programming to create mods for Minecraft? Or discovering the intricacies of architecture to build houses? Or engineering to hook up an electric lamp or rig a door to open as you approach it? Engineering, design, and architecture are all realistic skills that can be learned and developed within the game and jump start exciting real-world careers!

  • Minecraft is relatively inexpensive. The game itself doesn’t cost much and you can even have your child pay for it through allowance, teaching them the importance of saving money! Due to the simplicity of graphics, you don’t need a super expensive and advanced computer to run it on either. It can even be played on other devices like tablets!

  • Boredom doesn’t come easy. There is an infinite number of worlds in Minecraft for your kids to explore. Have you explored all you wanted in one world? Find or create another world to explore. Some servers have their own unique themes (underwater, pets only, etc.) that make the options literally endless.

  • Your child can learn to think strategically. In Minecraft, you have to learn how to build things — something as simple as a shelter to some something as complicated as an entire village. Your child has to learn how to gather the materials and manage the inventory to complete the challenges.

  • Minecraft is a cooler version of Legos. Do you have fond memories of playing Legos, building elaborate buildings and landscapes, then breaking it all down and starting over? Minecraft is, on its face, a 21st century version of Legos.