My 9-year-old was recently invited to a Minecraft party. We were instructed to bring a laptop and show up for an afternoon of six little boys sitting in a room interacting in computer world they created.
Minecraft is a massively multiplayer game played on a large server where adults and kids can design almost any world they can imagine. The catch is they are on with adults.
So one of the dads at the party set up a separate VPN for the kids to play on together. (Can they just play soccer or swim?) They were on a private server so we didn’t have to worry about weirdos messing with them. However, the software used to set up the server downloaded a bunch of viruses onto our computer!
I knew Minecraft was big in my little guy’s world but I was surprised less than a week later to see a friend post a photo of an almost identical scene at his home. Boys and girls alike gathered with their laptops in a family room playing Minecraft.
I wrote to the friend and asked him how they had it set up and he said they were just playing on the public server not a private one. So we’re still trying to figure out how to set that up without getting viruses. If anyone knows, please tell us.
Are your kids playing Minecraft at home? Are they playing on the big server with other kids? Have you set up a private server? If so, how and using what sites?
Are they throwing Minecraft parties? Are you worried about them playing with adults on the main servers?