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Often described as “online LEGO”, in Minecraft a player can explore a virtual 3D world and use resources (such as raw materials or tools) to create anything they can imagine – from castles to roller coasters. It is owned by Microsoft and available on mobile devices, games consoles such as PlayStation and computers (including using a virtual reality headset).

Minecraft can be played alone or with other players and has different modes of play such as ‘Adventure’, ‘Creative’, and ‘Survival’ modes. In Survival mode for example, players must collect resources, build structures and defend themselves against mobs to survive.

There are different versions of Minecraft, which vary in price. In some versions, a player can buy in-game items or pay a monthly fee for a personal ‘server’ to play in worlds with friends. Servers have a chat function where players can interact. Players can also send private messages to each other.

A Microsoft account is needed to play Minecraft. Microsoft requires a parent to use their own Microsoft account to approve an under-13 account.

Parents can set up a Microsoft family group or Xbox family account to set parental controls on Minecraft. This will enable them to manage things such as preventing in-game spending or setting a time limit. Parents can turn off chat or multiplayer features and safety settings include the ability to hide chat or block and report other users. Parents can also set controls on the platform the game is being played on, such as Nintendo Switch.

Access parental controls
or safety settings here

Safety restrictions available

Harmful Content

Block or limit access to content that could be harmful to children e.g. videos that contain bad language or sexual, violent or discriminatory content.

In-game Purchasing

Disable option to buy extra content, goods or subscriptions when using apps e.g. buying TikTok Coins when using the social media app TikTok


Block a user’s ability to communicate privately with one person or a group of people e.g. send or receive direct messages

Time Limit

Decide when and for how long a user can access a piece of technology e.g. set a schedule on a broadband router so that internet access turns off after 8pm

Multi Player

Block a user's ability to play games with other players online