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It takes courage to play Minecraft. Unlike many games, it isn’t obvious what to do or how to do it. In today’s information economy, playing means also spending many hours watching videos and reading forums in order to perfect that in-game build.

I takes more courage for a kid to ask a parent for help — especially if they are not geek-empowered parents. A parent who tries to help is a power-up for their relationship. Kids do better when adults help them – and the key word there is help. Mum is trying to install mod-loader, Dad is watching a video on Forge and my brother has port-forwarded a computer so we can run a server.

No one is going to teach a family how to do this, there are no classes or qualifications. It’s a prime example of why parent’s can’t assume ‘school’ will prepare kids for a media-life at all.

Many schools make kids the subject of learning: force them to make wikis; blogs and so on. It’s a great way for teachers to stay in-charge. But If parents want to see their kids learning power [and not rely on vague standardised reporting] get involved with their Minecraft world.

Yes it takes parent courage when your friends say “you’re playing Minecraft? OMG, why?” … reply with “I’m supporting my kid by unleashing their imagination”. There nothing embarrassing about having a kid who’s an engineer and artist.

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