Minecraft servers

If you or your kid has spent some time playing Minecraft on their own — or with other family members on your home network — they will probably reach a point where they’ll want to play with others Minecraft online.

Playing Minecraft on a public Minecraft server can take the game to a whole new level. For one thing, there’s a new community of like-minded Minecraft players to make friends with and collaborate with. This will help your kid learn social skills, such as cooperating, compromising and problem-solving.

In addition, most Minecraft servers feature huge, prebuilt worlds, with amazing cities and buildings, transport networks, and Minecraft mini-games for your kid to explore and enjoy.

Most Minecraft servers extend Minecraft using lots of server plugins, which allow for a whole range of extra gameplay features, including money systems, Minecraft jobs, Minecraft role-playing elements and teleports. You don’t need to modify your Minecraft game to add these features; they’re all handled by the Minecraft server.

By now you’re probably thinking: This is all very well, but aren’t public Minecraft servers a dangerous place for my kid? If they go on a Minecraft server, how will I know they will be safe from bad language, bullying, or online predators?

Of course, no public Minecraft server is 100 percent safe, but there are some fantastic Minecraft servers out there that cater especially to kids and families. That said, if you’d rather set up a completely private Minecraft server for your kid and their close friends, check out Minecraft Realms.