Yesterday while on Facebook, I saw an article warning parents that Minecraft had a “sex mod” and I’ll be honest, I may have muttered a few choice words under my breath. SERIOUSLY, why can’t perverts just leave Minecraft alone? Oh, I know why! It’s because perverts are relentless and will do anything to lure child victims into their schemes for the fulfillment of their sick desires. (The author of the original article I read found out about the sex mod because her child was playing Minecraft on her phone and was propositioned by another player via Minecraft chat who wanted her to install it. KUDOS to this mom for having a comfortable communication relationship with her child and laying the groundwork for this possibility so that her child came to her RIGHT AWAY when it happened.) UGH. So, after reading around a bit, I knew I had to do a bit of research and write this article to help other parents protect their kids from finding the sex mods and/or being contacted via Minecraft by a potential predator who wanted them to play Minecraft with the sex mod. Read this article if you’re confused about what a Minecraft sex mod is.
Because I care about you SO MUCH, I took a deep breath and did the googling on the Minecraft sex mod. And I didn’t have to look far. Check out my YouTube search. Look at the search results I got — ALL I did was put in the word “minecraft” and before I was done typing, “minecraft sex mod” popped up. I didn’t even have to finish typing it.
Before I go further, let me point out that if you let your kid search YouTube for Minecraft videos, YOUR KID WILL ALSO GET THIS RESULT WITHOUT EVEN TRYING.
Therefore, the first way to protect your child from the Minecraft sex mod is…
DON’T LET THEM SEARCH YOUTUBE FOR MINECRAFT VIDEOS. If your kids like to watch Minecraft videos on YouTube, do your research and let them watch on only a couple of approved channels, like Stampy Cat or anyone else from this list on Common Sense Media. Do not let them just willy-nilly search YouTube OR ANYTHING ELSE for Minecraft videos. Or they might get results like this:
The above screenshot shows the top 3 results I got when I clicked “Minecraft sex mod” in my YouTube search bar. If you have a puberty-age kid who’s naturally curious about sex, I can imagine that these videos would be very difficult to resist clicking on. And if you have a younger child who plays Minecraft and isn’t even ready for the sex talk yet, then YIKES – is this how you want to introduce them to sex? UMM, NO.
So let’s recap: the first way to protect your child from the Minecraft sex mod is: don’t let your child search Minecraft videos on YouTube by his or herself. Rather, if they are going to watch YouTube Minecraft videos, monitor them while they do so and only let them watch approved channels. DO NOT allow them to click related content, and consider only using the YouTube Kids app for this activity.
Now, on to the second way to protect your kids from the Minecraft sex mod — and REAL creepers (not fictional Minecraft creepers) trying to entice them through Minecraft. This is a SUPER important one, parents: TURN OFF CHAT IN MINECRAFT ON MOBILE DEVICES. If your kid plays Minecraft on Xbox or Wii, etc., you don’t need to worry about this. But, if your children play Minecraft on a mobile device like most kids do — using an iPad, a Kindle, or another phone or tablet, you need to disable the chat option so that other players (aka strangers) can’t contact them. Here is a helpful short article on how to do just that.
Finally, there’s one last way to protect your kids from predators on Minecraft and the Minecraft sex mod: DON’T LET THEM PLAY ON SERVERS WITH PEOPLE THEY DON’T KNOW. In other words, don’t let your kids play Minecraft with people with usernames you aren’t familiar with. My son plays either by himself or on a server with one of his two best friends, and THAT’S ALL. My daughter plays only by herself. Yep, your child can have TONS of fun playing Minecraft by themselves or ONLY with people they know. They are not going to miss out by not playing with complete strangers. Their lives are still going to be fully wonderful, even if they’re the ONLY ONES who aren’t doing it!
Moms and dads, according to a study published in Pediatrics, 42% of kids ages 10 to 17 have encountered porn online. 66% of those kids said the exposure was UNWANTED — they didn’t go looking for it, but it found them anyway.
This Minecraft sex mod is just one more way your child could easily stumble upon detrimental, inappropriate sexual content online. It is up to YOU AND ME to make sure that they don’t. So, please set these safety measures in place, and TALK to your Minecraft-playing child about staying SAFE and TELLING YOU right away about anything that ever becomes uncomfortable for them.
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