As parents, we want to know where our children are at all times and who they are with. Video games aren’t much different. When playing, it’s possible for your children to go to dangerous places and interact with individuals you would not allow them to spend time with in person. Like any other type of activity, video games require monitoring.
One way to do it is by setting up or finding multiplayer arrangements so you can control whom they play with. A Minecraft server is a software setup that allows individuals to organize and control the game. Some servers are well established and set up for specific groups. Autcraft, for example, is a server designed for kids with autism6. It may take a little homework to find a legitimate server, but seeking an appropriate one for your children is better than choosing one at random.
Another option is for your children to join a realm — a server created by someone they know. It’s invitation only, and can include up to 10 players.
One other place you will need to keep an eye on is YouTube. Many kids love to watch videos created by other gamers. Kids watch the person’s game in action for entertainment and to learn new tricks and techniques. Of course, it is easy to wander into subsequent videos that include less appropriate language and content. To avoid this, use the YouTube Kids app or the Family Link app to set up parental controls.
Fun Fact: One Minecraft YouTuber, Daniel Middleton, began his Minecraft channel, DanTDM, in 2012 and has since amassed 17.8 billion views and 24.8 million subscribers7.