Wednesday 23 August 2017

Let's put down our own on-line toys and talk to the kids

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The word Minecraft sets the hairs on the back of my neck at right angles to the ground. I know I am not alone in this alarming reaction. A recent radio programme mentioned the word and was astonished to find its phone lines jammed by fraught parents.

For those who haven't heard of it, Minecraft is a video game that almost every young child I've met is obsessed with. It's not the worst game at all. It's not violent or inappropriate. In fact, it's quite creative. But it seems to have incredibly addictive qualities that cause children to want to play it all day long, every day, non-stop.

Most of the parents ringing in to the radio show to complain agreed that trying to get their children to stop playing the game was causing huge problems. Turning off Minecraft while a child is in the middle of playing it is not for the faint-hearted.

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