3 Responses to “Are Your Kids Addicted to Minecraft?”

  1. Stewart Hanna Says:

    Cool perspective, I remember the days playing with the Tonka truck and matchbox cars. Still have mine…my mother brought them over from Australia for my boys.

  2. boyschooling Says:

    Red flag warning — we’re a very hands-on family, with only one computer and four children who have a certain amount of time they can spend on the computer each day. We homeschool, are moderate Christians, and try to do everything in moderation with love and compassion for others. My husband is a techie and works on the computer with the kids to do programming and math problems. Yet, as careful and as supportive as we’ve been, we have just discovered that our 10-year-old was setting his alarm for 2 am and getting up to play Minecraft and watch YouTube videos about it while we were asleep. Now we have put various limitations in place like locking out the computer in the wee hours of the morning, and setting passwords for everyone that he doesn’t know, but I’m soooo concerned about the addictiveness of Minecraft. it has just underlined all the fears I had about it in the first place, and this is even with letting him play only on the PC and not using internet gaming. I’m not saying that all children who play the game will be addicted, but just be wise about their wiles, because they might be doing everything in their power to play the game, no matter how foolish.

    • dsrealtime Says:

      All good points, and certainly, just like any other distraction (TV, other video games), it has to be monitored. Is Minecraft any more addicting than other forms of entertainment? I don’t know. Maybe…but as soon as I start getting concerned, our son and his friends are spending just as much time outside or on Pokemon and the PS3 and other games. A lot of time gets invested in Minecraft, but it is stretching their creativity — they have their own server where they are only sharing information within a small group of friends, and doing the same things that all of us used to do with Legos (and they are still doing that also)…trading things, selling each other things and building some sophisticated buildings and contraptions that are very impressive. An interesting observation is that Minecraft has seemed to come along at a time when there is a “perfect storm” between video games and a shift from watching television to watching content on YouTube. There are thousands of Minecraft videos out there — everything from tutorials to music parodies to just recorded game sessions. On that, check what they are watching — there are some very clean and excellent videos on Minecraft out there (Paul Soares Jr comes to mind), but also some not-so-good ones that don’t use the best language. We check that more carefully, and are sure that they watch the recordings in an open space in the house, and often join in on the watching, if only to check it out. Minecraft (well, anything like games/tv) is off limits until homework is finished, along with other obligations, and even then, only for an hour on school nights. One thing I would recommend for everyone who is concerned to consider: play the game. Get yourself an id and let your child show you things….it’s a fun role reversal, and puts them in “teacher” mode.

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