Mods, Mods, Mods
As Minecraft Moms and Dads know, lots of kids are interested in installing Minecraft “mods,” downloadable programs made by other players that change the way the game looks or acts.
Changes might include new content that alter the setting of the game (like a mod that turns the game into a dungeon crawler). Or new game mechanics that allow players to create incredible machines.
So what do Minecraft Moms and Dads need to know about mods? You need to know how to download mods safely, for starters. Downloading third party software always comes with some risk to your computer. Bec Oakley at MineMum has a great tutorial on How to Spot Fake or Misleading Download Links. It’s a smart place to start.
Once you’ve been schooled in what to look for in a safe download link you’re ready to move on to installing mods. Use this resource from Professor Minecraft to learn how to do it.
And if you have a child interested in creating their own mods, check out Minecraft Wiki’s page on Mods/Creating Mods. While heavy on the lingo it is a great resource for the aspiring modder.