Parents hopping on Minecraft bandwagon

Sam Ruffell teaches Vivien Murch how
to use Minecraft, ahead of the
Minecraft for parents sessions at
Invercargill ...
ROBYN EDIE

Sam Ruffell teaches Vivien Murch how to use Minecraft, ahead of the Minecraft for parents sessions at Invercargill Public Library today.

You're never too old to learn is Vivien Murch's motto.

The 67-year-old Invercargill grandmother is learning how to use the gaming sensation Minecraft.

She, along with other parents intrigued by the phenomenon that is taking Kiwi kids - and the world - by storm, will learn even more at the Invercargill library's Minecraft for parents session today.

Worldwide, 17 million people have bought the game, with 5000 copies purchased everyday.

Not just a game, Minecraft has been used in classrooms as a learning tool.

Murch, who also works at the Invercargill library, said she was starting to get the hang of it and was having fun.

"I can see the attraction to the game. I have only just started to learn and I could sit here forever."

She remembered her sons playing video games on cassette tape and a lot had changed since then, she said.

It would not be long before her 3-year-old granddaughter would be intrigued by gaming, and Murch wanted to be sure she understood what new generations considered entertainment.

Library digital and communications team manager Bonnie Mager said it was time for parents to hop on the Minecraft bandwagon.

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Minecraft for parents aimed to break down generational barriers between parents and children, she said.

Parents were often concerned about children and video games, particularly online games, she said.

The library offered a safe environment for children to use online services if parents had concerns.Minecraft for parents is at the Invercargill library at 11am and 1pm today.

To register, visit www.library.co.nz/kids/minecraft-for-parents/

 - The Southland Times

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