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Staying Safe Online

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Tips & trips to help you have a great time on the Internet, even when others don’t behave well.

As we’ve covered in previous issues, Minecraft has the capacity to be played online. This brings a whole new dimension to the game, where you can explore the world with your friends rather than just by yourself! In general, playing online is great if you’re only playing with friends you’ve met in the real world, as you know that they’ll be nice to you. When it comes to meeting strangers online, however, there are dangers you have to watch out for when playing Minecraft.

The problem here is that people tend to be more negative online than in the real world. It may seem confusing at first, but it comes down to how people interact online versus in real life. When talking to someone face-to-face, there is a ‘human element’ to the conversation. If you insulted the person in front of you, you may feel ashamed or embarrassed because of it.

When people are reduced to an avatar and text chat, some people lose that ‘human element’ and think it’s okay to be rude online, saying things like “it’s just a game” or “it’s only text on the screen”, while disregarding the fact that the people playing the game and reading the text are very much real. While not all strangers online will be rude, you’ll find people act badly more often online, so you should take extra care with playing on public servers.

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