“Are your kids obsessed with Minecraft? Need to learn how to install mods? Looking for party ideas? Don’t have a clue what a spider jockey is?” Discover 6 Minecraft tips for parents wanting to navigate the Minecraft world. We aren’t talking about gameplay as such, but all the things that sit around it.
6 Minecraft Tips for Parents
Find family-friendly Minecraft videos
YouTube videos are a wonderful source of Minecraft information and inspiration for children. Still, because the game is also played by teenagers and adults, some videos contain inappropriate language and comments.
The following names have been mentioned by Bec as “safe” youtubers (note that some at the beginning of their youtube careers can have the odd swear word but then, once niched into kids, become very clean). Paul Soares Junior, Mr Stampy Cat, Minecraft Seth Bling, IHascupquake, ThinkNoodles are names that she mentioned.
Make a backup copy of worlds before installing mods
Here are 50 of the best Minecraft mods every made. And we can’t stress enough about making a backup copy. If you are going to install mods, we also recommend having a good virus checker to monitor the downloads.
Be wary of fake download files
There are two main places where you’ll come across these when you’re looking for Minecraft mods – ad spaces on websites or ad redirection services like AdFly. Don’t click on ‘Download’ without reading the small print. It can also be good to have a cheap gaming laptop so the risk is not transferred to anything business or personal on your usual computer. And when you are downloading just be aware, you might be looking at a screen where there is a big download button but that isn’t actually the mod file. The mod file might be a less obvious check box further down the page. Just go slow.
Get involved by letting your kids teach you to play
“Experiencing the game first-hand really is the best way to understand what they’re talking about and see the educational potential for yourself. Plus it’s a lot of fun!” Bec advises.
- MinecraftHub.net – A website that offers detailed information about game mechanics, crafting recipes, and other aspects of Minecraft.
- MinecraftForums.net – A well known community forum where players can discuss gameplay, mods, and other topics related to Minecraft.
- Minepedia.org – A wiki covering everything Minecraft, including mods, maps, crafting, and more.
- CurseForge.com – A website that provides players with a wide range of mods, texture packs, and other add-ons for Minecraft.
- PlanetMinecraft.com – A website that allows players to share their Minecraft creations, including maps, skins, and mods.
- MinecraftMaps.net – A website that has custom Minecraft maps created by other players.
- MinecraftSkins.com – A website offering a vast collection of Minecraft skins created by other players.
- MinecraftResourcePacks.com – A website that has texture packs for Minecraft, allowing players to change the appearance of their players in the game.
- MinecraftSeeds.com – A website that provides players with Minecraft world seeds, which determine the layout and terrain of a new Minecraft world.
- Minecraft Subreddit – A subreddit that focuses on everything Minecraft, including news, discussions, and user-generated content.
If you want some early tips then you might want to read our guide on how to survive your first night in Minecraft.
If you want to throw a Minecraft Party, consider our Minecraft Party Ideas post.