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How to ask your kids about Minecraft
I don't think we, as parents, would be able to “get” Minecraft unless we are playing alongside our children. But I think if we take the time to ask about the worlds they are building, we can get a glimpse into what they're encountering as they play. They are proud of their creativity and eager to share it if you ask.
Here are a few questions that might help you open up that dialogue, especially if they play in “multiplayer” mode on their computer:
• Who joins you when you play? Do you know any of the others online? Do any of your friends play with you? Which ones?
• What servers do you join? Tell me a little bit about these servers and the rules. Your child might be playing on “The Hunger Games” server, which, like the book, is a battle to the death and probably is best left to older children. Or they might be on a more innocent server that plays “Capture the Flag” or “Super Mario Brothers” in the pixelated terrain.
• Show me the place you built. Can you take me on a tour?
• Has anything ever happened on Minecraft that bothered you?
• What mode do you play in? Single- or multiplayer? Peaceful or hard? What happens in that mode? What is different about that one than some of the other modes? If they're younger, suggest they play in single-player, peaceful mode. Or direct them to the iPhone or Android apps, which don't allow them to connect with strangers online.
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