Setting rules and boundaries around Minecraft is important and should be negotiated with your child. Children are much more likely to follow rules that they have been involved in creating. I recommend negotiating agreed rules about the following:
- How much time they are allowed to spend playing Minecraft? i.e. we finish playing at 8.30pm on school nights
- Some steps they can take if they get frustrated i.e. walk outside, pat the dog, have a drink of water
- What they should do if a Youtuber they are listening to is swearing! (I recommend you have a ban list of inappropriate Youtubers)
- Where are they allowed to play Minecraft (e.g., offline only, local multiplayer with friends, Xbox, servers)?
- How much money are they allowed to spend money on Minecraft? (I recommend that kids not be allowed to spend money on Minecraft if you can avoid it.) On our server we don’t charge for ranks, items or anything at all in the game.
Two months access to the Myndcraft server is included in the Minecraft Camp price and that can be extended either as a reward or gift from us or by purchasing a subscription.
Always state rules in the positive. Avoid the use of NO. Instead be creative and think of how to say the same thing but positively.
Some example rules could be.
- We finish playing Minecraft before 8.30pm
- I play and chat only with people I know
- I never give my full name or any personal details to anyone EVER
- If a Youtuber swears or is rude I turn it off immediately and do not watch any more of his videos
- I treat others in the game like I want to be treated
Please let me know if you have some rules that other parents may benefit from in the comments below.