As a parent, you may think you're doing your due diligence when it comes to your child's use of his or her computer, laptop, smartphone and tablet. You've set the parental controls, and you monitor your child's online activity, but with so many threats out there it's hard to keep up.
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One of the latest threats that has been a wide topic of discussion has been over Minecraft's alleged "sex mods." Minecraft, as you may know, is a game designed for children. If you've never played Minecraft before, the game closely resembles virtual Legos where players build and explore virtual worlds.
When rumors around Minecraft's alleged "sex mods," began popping up, parents were naturally concerned. The rumors began on parenting blogs just before last weekend and spread from there.
Parent.co is believed to be the site where the claims first originated. In a post titled, "Everything Changed the Day I Learned Minecraft Has a Sex Mod," blogger Amy Betters-Midtwedt shared her experience of discovering that these mods exist. "I was going about my business when I suddenly found myself looking into the tearful eyes of one of my babies who was telling me that, not only was this kid playing Minecraft when she saw this, but she was also propositioned in this 'creative mode' room by another player."
Although Betters-Midtwedt didn't specifically accuse Mojang - Minecraft's developers - of adding these sex modules into the game, she also said nothing to squash that perception. The topic was then picked up by other parenting bloggers who made the same mistake.
As a result, the general message being spread across the web was that Minecraft did indeed include sex modules that contained adult content. But, a recent post by Snopes has debunked this rumor.
So, here's the truth: Minecraft does not include any sex mods developed by Mojang and included as part of official gameplay. However, individual players do have the ability to create their own mods, and some mods contain adult content.