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Minecraft: What Every Parent and Educator Should Know

Episode Summary

Minecraft is a wildly popular online game that fosters creativity and problem-solving. Players dig (or mine) and build (or craft) different kinds of 3D blocks across varying environments and terrains. It’s often described as a virtual version of LEGOS, but with various modes and chat features, there are some dangers parents should be aware of. In this episode of the Podcast, host Josh Ochs explains the basics of Minecraft and how to make the game safer for younger players.

Episode Notes

Read our Minecraft App Guide:

Minecraft (Based in Sweden, Developed by Mojang Studios, Owned by Microsoft)

Apple App Store Rating: 9+

Google Play: 10+

Minecraft gameplay involves players interacting with the game world by placing and breaking various types of blocks in a 3D environment. Users can build creative structures, creations, and artwork on multiplayer servers and single player worlds across multiple game modes. While Minecraft may be used for educational purposes, players can encounter bullying, inappropriate chats and other content, and even viruses when downloading 3rd party add-ons for this game. Police have warned that predators can prey on and groom children in online video games, like Minecraft, if kids are playing the public/online version without parental supervision. Watch our Minecraft video to learn how to use the game's safety settings:

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