Minecraft Whisper#1.2

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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2 thoughts on “Minecraft Whisper#1.2

  1. I have shared this with both my kids. It’s a close example of what happens in our house. I think that Minecraft and associated games are excellent examples of undirected play. I can still remember surviving my first night hiding under a tree.

    I also discovered a very interesting experience when I built one of my first homes in a lovely high valley with a waterfall littered with flowers. Although this was was one of the first houses I had built away from my main house when I was exploring the world. And it was just a small little single room I experienced a mixed sense of emotions. On the one hand I felt safe for the night, on the other I felt that somehow I had reduced the “wild” beauty of the valley with a square box. Although that world is long gone I will remember that valley with fondness.,

    Rupert.

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