What do I need to know about Minecraft: Pocket Edition?

We've spoken to parents to find out what they think about Minecraft: Pocket Edition. We've also asked children and young people what they think. Here's what they said:

Children’s views

What do children and young people dislike about it?

4% of the children and young people who reviewed Minecraft: Pocket Edition thought it was unsafe. The main things they told us they don’t like about Minecraft: Pocket Edition were:

  • There are in-app purchases
  • You might play with people you don’t know and they can message mean things
  • There is some violence which might be upsetting to younger players

What do children and young people like about it?

The main things that children and young people told us they like about Minecraft: Pocket Edition were:

  • You can be creative and build your own world
  • If you don’t join a server then you can just play it with people you know
  • The chat is moderated

Is content on Minecraft: Pocket Edition suitable for children and young people?

We asked parents and young people about the types of inappropriate content they’ve seen on Minecraft: Pocket Edition. The level of risk is based on the % of respondents who reported seeing these types of content. The ratings are: Low Risk (less than 5% of respondents); Medium Risk (between 5 and 25%); and High Risk (over 25%, or more than one in four).


Low Risk

Violence & hatred

Medium Risk


Medium Risk

Suicide & self-harm

Medium Risk

Drink, drugs & crime

Medium Risk

What are people saying about
Minecraft: Pocket Edition?

Girl, 12

“I love that you can build whatever you want and create anything and connect with your friends.”

Girl, 12

“It is fun and you can use your imagination and create anything that you want to create. You can choose who you play with.”

Boy, 14

“You can type stuff and everyone can see it. It could be used to bully.”


“I think it’s a great game. My kids and I play it. It could be open to some forms of bullying but I have not really seen anything like that. It’s creative and versatile and there are endless interactive games that can be played.” – Mother of 10 and 15 yr olds


“If you have privacy settings on to ensure safety, the game can be good for children to play. They can work on cooperation skills with friends and use imagination in building. However I would advise against going on public servers.” – Mother of 9 yr old boy


“The privacy setting of making sure they don't share with anyone (unless it is someone who is in the room with them on another device) is very reassuring. That means my child can still enjoy the game, but in a completely safe environment.” – Mother of a 12 yr old girl


"Explore randomly generated worlds and build amazing things from the simplest of homes to the grandest of castles. Play in creative mode with unlimited resources or mine deep into the world in survival mode, crafting weapons and armor to fend off the dangerous mobs."

O2 Guru’s Top Tip for Minecraft: Pocket Edition

O2 Guru Matthew says:

"Minecraft is one of the most popular kids games – our top tip is to turn off any chat features in the settings of the app. This will make sure that if your child does want to play online; they won’t be speaking to any people you wouldn’t want them to."

Our O2 NSPCC Online Safety Helpline can help you to set up parental controls, adjust privacy settings or get advice on social networks. You can call us free on 0808 800 5002.

For face to face advice and support, you can also book a free in-store appointment with an O2 Guru here (even if you’re not with O2). 


What's the right age for Minecraft: Pocket Edition?


Minecraft: Pocket Edition says

Any age with parent permission. This is Minecraft’s own guidelines and is accurate as of March 2018.


Our panel of parents say

Based on our independent panel of 2,049 parents, surveyed through YouGov in January 2018.


Children say

Based on 2,059 responses from children and young people in November and December 2017.


Net Aware visitors say

Based on 942 votes from visitors to the Net Aware site – you can vote too.

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