Minecraft - a ‘sandbox game’.

This means that it’s a virtual land where users can create their own worlds and experiences, using building blocks, resources discovered on the site and their own creativity.

What is Minecraft?

Minecraft is often described as a ‘sandbox game’. This means that it’s a virtual land where users can create their own worlds and experiences, using building blocks, resources discovered on the site and their own creativity.

The game is available on multiple platforms. You can play on a computer, smartphone, tablet, XBox or Playstation. It is growing in popularity day by day, especially among primary-aged children.

Does Minecraft have any age restrictions?

Like lots of popular sites, apps and games, Minecraft’s terms and conditions specify that it is for over 13s. This is because of US privacy legislation, which requires parents of under-13s to sign permission before any data about their children can be collected. In the UK, if children under the age of 13 play Minecraft, it is a violation of the site’s terms and conditions but it is not illegal.

Are there privacy settings?

Privacy settings are limited in Minecraft, but there are things you can do to control what your child sees and whom they interact with. These are especially important if your child is of a primary age – you may want to be more flexible with older children, depending on their maturity and ability to talk to you if they feel uncomfortable.

Are Minecraft YouTube videos safe?

Minecraft videos are popular with children and plenty of them are age-appropriate. But some of the videos include commentary with profanity or sensitive references, and some discuss and encourage bullying. So if your child is planning to watch Minecraft YouTube videos, you may want to have a look at them first.

Minecraft Parents Guide

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