iKydz Internet Safety Providing Parental Controls On Minecraft
Minecraft: child friendly yet addictive video game.
The first point that everyone notices no matter what the age is the unique aesthetics of this video game. It is unusually so pleasing on the eye that Minecraft successfully sold t-shirts with their graphics printed on the front, not to mention children’s toys and other merchandise.
It became so popular that after just 3 years since it’s launch in 2011, it became the best-selling PC game of all time.
What’s so different?
Minecraft encourages children to use their imagination and creativity by creating their own worlds and experiences using building blocks and resources on the site.
Children have a lot of flexibility in terms of how they play. Users can recreate an existing fantasy world or build a new one from scratch, they can fight villains and seek adventure, and they can play alone or with friends.
It can also be played at any level. In a lot of popular games, you need a certain amount of skill to move on to the next challenge. This can be frustrating for young kids who don’t always have the abilities or unrestricted time required to make real progress in a game. In Minecraft, children can create their own adventures at any level of play.
Is Minecraft helping my child learn?
Minecraft’s focus on creatively building and exploring could help children build their problem solving, planning and organisation skills. And kids who play with their friends might find it improves their ability to work as a team.
Some parents of children with autism have credited the game with improving their children’s social skills and communication abilities – there is even a Minecraft server specifically for young people with autism and ADHD.
Minecraft is catching on in schools as well. Students at Stackpole VC School in the UK, for instance, used Minecraft to build an accurate scale model of their school. It’s also been used to teach kids about programming, ICT and maths.
What parents should be aware of…
Although you may love that the game helps build 21st-century skills such as creativity, innovation, and collaboration, your kids’ obsession can be overwhelming. Perhaps most puzzling is that every waking moment they’re not playing Minecraft, they’re in front of YouTube watching Minecraft.
Minecraft videos on YouTube attract millions of views daily. There are tutorial videos which teach children how to build certain structures. There are videos which contains footage of other people playing the game, new challenges or showing cool tools that are available to download to modify their Minecraft worlds.
Are there risks?
The risk here is the children are increasing their time spent online. If it’s not spent playing Minecraft itself, it’s on YouTube looking up tutorial videos. You then have the risk of the children accidentally falling into YouTube video trends that contain inappropriate content.
What can parents do about Minecraft?
With iKydz, not only can you set a YouTube content filter, not only can you control time spent online but now, we are very pleased to announce, you can block completely or limit access to Minecraft itself!
iKydz will continue to monitor the Internet for potentially dangerous Apps so we can keep parents informed, our blocklist up-to-date and keep children safe while online.
We are always here to help!