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Is Minecraft safe for children?

The Sunday Express is reporting that some adults are using Minecraft to target and groom young people. Some parents are upset that Microsoft (who bought Minecraft in 2014) did not warn them about the game's potential for abuse. 

Minecraft is massively popular with children and is generally appropriate for a young audience. Playing the game in some modes lets you chat with other users, and like any chat service, this can be abused. 

We've worked with CEOP to publish guidance for parents on helping children enjoy Minecraft safely. You can read this information here

If you're one of our members, you can find lots more information on Minecraft safety in our resource area. We've also been working on some new resources on gaming and chatting safely, to be published soon.

 

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