Tweens and Teens Addicted to Minecraft. Is yours?

MinecraftThe problem with Minecraft, as aficionados will recognize, is that there is always ‘just one more thing to do’. Minecraft is a fun and educational game.  It requires thought, skill and concentration and like most things there is nothing wrong with it, in moderation.  Increasingly however  children as young as 8 and 9 as well as tweens are entering the addiction phase.   In coming weeks I will write more about Minecraft but I ask that you all take a look at your child’s ipod this weekend and start tracking their Minecraft experience.  A simple search on Minecraft addiction brings up the following sad cries for help directly from the mouths of our young people:

Minecraft addiction needs help?

I’m addicted to mnecraft and it’s ruining my life. My grades are falling and my social life is crumbling. I NEED HELP.  I have no self control. It’s been like this for m ths and. Can’t keep living like ths.

Minecraft addiction in 13 year old boy?

I have a younger sibling who I suspect is heavily addicted to Minecraft? I know nothing about this game, or any computer game for that matter. He is constantly receiving poor grades, not doing his homework, having extreme mood swings, and acts violent. Has anyone ever experienced this? Would taking him to a psychiatrist help at all? Please answer if you have any experience dealing with someone who played Minecraft to the point it changed their mood and habits

How to stop a kid’s minecraft addiction?

My six year old brother recently got my brother’s old ipod touch and he is now starting to obsess over minecraft youtube videos! he doesn’t even play the actual game–he watches videos on other people building huge houses and exploring them and stuff like that. i dont want any saracastic answers like “just break the ipod” because he doesnt even want to play with friends, go on club penguin or step outside anymore. i just want a simple replacement or idea to stop him (or at least cut down the time). my mom tries to take it away but  he throws a fit. someone want to give me a good replacement or a way for me to help my parents out and kind of stop him watching so many videos?

About Renata Rowe

Deputy Head of Campus/Head of Secondary, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus This blog is the School's way of helping our parents and teachers understand and experience the cyber world that their children live in. We post stories about the latest cyber safety issues, and the latest social mediums that their children and teens might be using. We believe that teaching children and teens to be good Digital Citizen from a young age will protect them and their reputations. Our parents have been delighted and have subscribed so that they can receive our updates - we post about once or twice a week. So subscribe - its easy to do, just enter your email address in the box in the top righthand corner of the home page and posts will automatically be delivered to you.
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One Response to Tweens and Teens Addicted to Minecraft. Is yours?

  1. michaelburden says:

    Reblogged this on Innovation in Learning and commented:
    Interesting link to a post looking at some of the issues around the Minecraft phenomenon. I have begun looking at ways I can use this in the classroom and it has been interesting to see how engaged the students are when using it. One problem is translating what happens in the game into a presentation that shows exactly what is taking place. I have been using the app on the iPads in our Stage 4 classes and have not worked out the best way for students to present what they are doing to the rest of the group. Certainly worth exploring further.

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