Minecraft is a game made up of blocks in an ever-expanding 3D world. These blocks can be broken and used to construct whatever you can imagine. A statue of your pet? Check! A grand castle? Definitely doable! A small hut made of dirt blocks? Perfection!

Adventure awaits around every chunk, with all sorts of different biomes (Minecraft landscapes) and creatures spread throughout the world. You can survive the night or build a work of art – there are no goals, so how you want to spend your time is up to you.

There are two different versions of Minecraft: Java Edition and Bedrock Edition. These two editions differ somewhat from each other in the sense that they are available on different platforms and offer different services. For example, in Bedrock Edition, you can access Minecraft Marketplace – a hub of purchasable maps, skins, and mini-games bought with the currency Minecoins, all of which are curated to ensure quality and safety.

To learn more about these two versions and which one is best suited for you, check out the guide “The difference between Java and Bedrock Edition”.



Minecraft can be played in both single-player (offline and alone) and multiplayer (online, with the ability to play with other players). Both Java Edition and Bedrock Edition have multiplayer turned off by default on child accounts. To enable multiplayer, read more in our Java guide and Bedrock guide. Both modes are equally fun and it all comes down to personal preference: single-player allows you to experience the world at your own pace, and multiplayer is a great way to connect with both family and friends through couch co-op and distant play.

There are also two different play modes: Creative mode, which focuses on the building aspects of Minecraft, and Survival mode, which puts emphasis on survival with mechanics such as hunger and health.


The game has a recommended PEGI rating of 7 and an ESRB rating of Everyone 10+. However, Minecraft has players of all ages, and if you play with your child, you might find yourself enthralled by Minecraft’s blocky charm.



We believe that Minecraft should be a safe space for everyone, regardless of whether you’re playing alone in single-player, or together with others in multiplayer. We work actively to improve online safety for all our players no matter their age.

One of the best things about Minecraft is the amazing community and the people you’ll meet in multiplayer modes. There’s nothing better than getting together with like-minded players to collaborate on amazing builds, play together on Realms, or compete on multiplayer servers.



We understand it can be scary having your child interact with unknown people, so to make sure they have the best and safest experience possible, we have several resources and tools that you can utilize to tailor your child’s multiplayer experience.


There’s an aspect of combat in Minecraft’s gameplay. Because combat is part of the game, there are some elements of mild violence. Players can hit and defeat (essentially, kill) both passive and hostile creatures (also known as ‘mobs’), as well as other players (if playing in multiplayer mode). There’s also some use of weapons, such as swords, axes, bows, and TNT.


However, the visual representation of the violence is limited by Minecraft’s simple and cartoony style. There’s no blood in any part of the game, neither coming from creatures nor the environment. Players can’t die permanently and will respawn if their health reaches zero (unless they’re playing on Hardcore mode, a sub-genre of Survival mode).


When it comes to unwanted player violence like ‘griefing’ (a deliberate act that hurts the progress of other players and goes against the rules of the game), we encourage players to report griefing behavior. Please note that the act of griefing only can occur in multiplayer – not single-player.

Minecraft can be violent, but it doesn’t have to be. Creative mode, for example, has no violence: You’ll encounter hostile mobs, but they don’t attack.

On the higher difficulty levels, you’ll need to fend off—and sometimes kill—various scary creatures, including the infamous Ender Dragon.

There are two versions of Minecraft

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