Parents

It can be intimidating to allow your son or daughter to use an unfamiliar technology. My Dad, Doug Devitre, helped me create this page so parents know how to get started fast, safe, and help you have fun.

Parents! You will be asked to:

#1 complete the player request form to help us gather the right information to help you.

#2 sign up to receive email notifications when the next community builds take place.

Visit the join page to see the steps you need to take so your kid joins on time without hassle.

Common Questions and Answers

Q: My son/daughter plays Minecraft and would like more interaction with kids in a safe environment. Can they join?

A: Absolutely. We will be sending out notifications by email and or text when the next play date is scheduled. That way you can get set up ahead of time and focus on playing the game instead of retrieving passwords.

Q: Do parents need to be with their kids while the community build is happening?

A: It is strongly encouraged that you are present during the session in case your kid starts expressing undesirable behaviors or language. It’s important to be accessible during each session to ensure they get connected and are able to rejoin if they get disconnected.

Q: How many players are on at the same time?

A: Right now we are keeping the number of players for each session below 20.

Q: What is the typical age for someone who will be participating in a community build?

A: The community was designed for kids 12 and younger. Parents must sign their kids up and help them get started. Only players who serve on Harry’s PTO or have been approved ahead of time will be allowed in.

Q: Are webcams mandatory for participating?

A: Yes. It’s important that a webcam is used for participation to ensure the player is who they say they are and not hiding behind a screen for safety reasons.

Q: Are you recording each session?

A: No. There is no recording performed by the host. Screenshots, video screen capture, and recording of any kind are not allowed.

Q: What will be the focus of each play session?

A: Good question. I am brainstorming themes. All ideas are welcome. The purpose of these play times are to cooperate in build living environments that promote resourcefulness, collaboration, and kindness.

Q: I’m concerned about the language some kids use when playing Minecraft and from what I see on YouTube. How will you supervise this?

A: Vulgar language is intolerable. In fact, Harry’s first rule is “Don’t say bad things.” Violators will be removed and blacklisted.

Q: If I wanted to set up a private Minecraft server for my son, daughter, or school, what is the best way to go about it?

A: Become a member of the Patreon website at the parent or teacher level. You will receive the instructions on how to do this using the least amount of money and time.

Q: Which is the best computer or laptop to buy for my son or daughter to play Minecraft?

A: Good question. This type of support is available for the parent or teacher members.

Consider these resources:

Keeping Children Safe Online

Protecting Student Privacy

Virtual Learning Turning Kids in Zoomies

St. Louis Children’s Hospital: Eye Health for Kids

Social Learning with a Six-Year-Old

101 Ways to Teach Kids About Technology

Eight Things They Don’t Teach You in Kindergarten

Sign up now with your email address and mobile phone now to receive the instructions on how you can get involved.

I joined Minecraft for Parents groups in the last couple of weeks. This is what I’ve learned:

1. There are kids who want to play with other kids, not just their parents.

2. There are kids who don’t have anyone to play with because their parents don’t know how to help get them set them up.

3. There are some kids who are kind and helpful. There are some kids who are bullies and will find ways to destroy what others have built.

4. Some kids have earned a reputation for being destructive when playing on other people’s servers, they have been blocked from playing.

5. There are different versions of Minecraft and you may have to buy two or three different versions of Minecraft so your kids have more options to play with more kids.

6. You can establish participation rules for your own Minecraft server but that does not mean others will follow them all of the time.

7. If you are going to successfully build a world with the help of other people, you need to make it as easy as possible for others to understand your vision, gather the right tools, and exemplify the behaviors you too want to see demonstrated by other people.

8. The one-time fee for a Minecraft license is cheaper than one night out at the movies.

9. Helicopter parents are everywhere. You need to watch out for them as much as you do your kids.

10. You can learn a lot about managing technology by enabling your kids. There’s new equipment to buy, new software to explore, and some of these tasks to get kids started may help you at your job.

Can’t Get Enough?

Accelerate your homeschool learning plan by becoming more productive with how you enable your kid with technology. Become a Productive Parent Member on Harry’s Patreon website so you can do more of this.