How To Use Minecraft To Develop Your Child's Confidence & Self-Esteem

It's difficult to see your child struggling to 'fit in'. 

Maybe they're shy, and they're being bullied at school or just finding it difficult to make friends.

Maybe your child is brilliant and intelligent and excels at academics, but they get teased for being a 'nerd' and they just aren't interested in the same things as the other kids: sport, drama, music and all the more 'conventional' activities. 

Or maybe your child just likes to keep to themselves: to think and tinker quietly on their own projects. They are quite happy keeping their own company. 

As a parent, your biggest hope is that your child grows up to be a happy, kind, resilient & emotionally balanced human with all the confidence to pursue their dreams and live their best life. 

And if your child plays Minecraft, you're actually in the perfect position to use their favourite game to build up their confidence and self esteem whilst developing tons of other skills.

Want to know the secret?

Minecraft mods.

Minecraft Mods are bits of computer code that modify the original behaviour of your child's Minecraft game.

Any Minecraft player with coding skills can essentially re-program the game into anything they can imagine.

Here are just a few examples of what mods can do:
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Build A Castle In A Single Click

Mods can automatically build large and complex structures in an instant to easily fill a world with castles, rainbows, skyscrapers and dancefloors.

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Make A Soccer Mini-Game

Mods can turn Minecraft into a mini-game like soccer, paintball or treasure hunt. Mini-games can have scores, and can be played with friends

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Turn The World To Ice

How about a mod that freezes the ground around us when we walk around, just like Elsa in the movie 'Frozen'

You may not realize it yet, but this is absolutely brilliant news for parents like you.

Why?

Because when your child learns how to code Minecraft mods, they are learning how to gain control over a computer. They can tell a computer what to do, and it will do it.  

This sense of power and control is incredibly important for children who are feeling disempowered at school.

Your child may feel powerless in the face of bullies and teasing. 

They may feel powerless in the classroom, especially if they are gifted children who feel 'stuck' in a learning environment that is 'boring' and under-stimulating.

They may feel powerless to make new friends, especially if they've recently moved to a new school or experienced changes in their friendship group that is out of their control. 

Minecraft mods empower your child to bring his or her big ideas to life in a way that’s fun, collaborative and social.

I’ll illustrate with a simple example, taken from the introductory workshop that we run here at CodeMakers.

Let’s say your child wants to throw a snowball and have 3 bolts of lightning strike when it lands somewhere. 
 
After breaking the problem down into tiny steps, and thinking through the situation logically (like a computer), her code would end up looking like this:

After writing this code, she can run around in Minecraft throwing snowballs that immediately strike 3 lightning bolts when they land!

In this very simple mod she's used universally applicable coding concepts that are used in the workforce to program anything from a calculator to Facebook to a NASA space craft. They are also part of the new Australian Digital Technologies primary school curriculum.

As well as coding, Minecraft modding develops all kinds of skills and attributes in different areas of your child's learning:

  • Maths & logic
  • Problem solving & critical thinking
  • Experimentation
  • Creativity
  • Attention to detail
  • Resilience
  • Open-minded curiousity
  • A love of learning
  • Confidence
  • Self-belief

Don't take my word for it - here are some case studies of kids who have transformed into happier, more focused kids through Minecraft modding.

Cathie recently wrote to us about how Minecraft modding was "the key to unlock Sydney’s potential and more importantly to establish belief in himself":

Sydney’s confidence was undermined by some very lacklustre teaching at school. He was withdrawn and completely disengaged at school as a result.

CodeMakers helped him feel successful and see that he could not only do something he knew was challenging but that he could excel at it. It gave us a great basis for discussion on how he could reframe his expectations at school and begin the process of reengagement. He’s learning that if something is boring because he knows the content, instead of tuning out he can engage differently, look for people to support in their learning.

I think that the group learning he experienced at CodeMakers really opened his eyes to this possibility. This in turn repositions him in the social dynamic and extends his friend circle. As you would see from the other things we’ve tried there’s a lot going on but CodeMakers was the key to unlock Sydney’s potential and more importantly to establish belief in himself. I can not thank you enough.
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Kathie
Sydney's Mum

Another one of our students, Xavier, was very shy and lacking in confidence. After a few months of Minecraft modding classes, his mum called me up and told me how Xavier had completely come out of his shell since finding his passion and was now helping run the coding club at school!

Here's an email she sent to Xavier's teacher, Meliza, when he finished his last 10 week program with us: 

You have done amazing things for our son. I don’t have the heart to tell him that there are no other classes with you that suit him for next term. 

Please contact us as soon as you have created one. He will miss you. Mark and I will miss the sound of happiness from his coding bunker every Tuesday night. We honestly turn down the volume on the tv just to hear him. He is a special little boy and you have been absolutely perfect for him. You are brilliant at what you do. I hope this is not goodbye, but see you again soon. 

I do hope you understand the impact that you have had on his little world and ours. (I’m getting emotional writing this)
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Kathie
Sydney's Mum

We've seen first-hand the effect that Minecraft modding can have on kids. Most parents think its just about having fun and learning to code, but but for many kids its about so much more than that. 

It's about finding their passion - that 'thing' that lights them up and makes them unique, and helps build their confidence and self esteem. 

It's something productive and creative and challenging to focus on outside of school, when school when they're struggling to fit it. 

It's something that makes them unique, that they can teach to their friends or talk about. 

Unfortunately, Minecraft modding can be difficult to learn without 'technical' parents.

For your child to start modding Minecraft, you'll need to setup and run your own server which means installing and configuring various things. 

Your child will also need to write code in Java or Javascript, which looks something like this:
This can be a little tricky and scary for young kids with little or no coding experience. 
 
If they so much as miss a semi-colon, their code won't work. Without an experienced coder being able to ask them the right questions and point them towards a solution to their bug, the learning process can be very difficult and frustrating.
 

That being said, if your child is...

  • Very good at self-directed learning
  • Already an intermediate - advanced coder OR has a parent who can debug their code

... then these books might be a great place for them to get started:

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Minecraft Modding With Forge

This book will teach your child how to mod Minecraft with Java. Requires running your own server.

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A Beginner's Guide To Writing Minecraft Plugins With Javascript

This book will teach your child how to mod Minecraft in Javascript using a code library called Scriptcraft. Requires running your own server.

For non-technical parents & beginner coders, we've made it easier!

I created CodeMakers to teach kids how to bring their brilliantly creative ideas to life using code

We run a ridiculously fun 50 minute online 'Intro' Workshop for beginner coders that I'm sure your child will LOVE!
 
During this class, your child will work with a teacher in a small group of around 2-4 students to code their first Minecraft mod in an hour. 
 
Our classes are run online via video conference, so there's no need to drive your child anywhere. 
 
And there's no need to setup your own server or configure any complicated coding setup yourself, so its perfect for a non-technical parent. 
 
We've even built our own custom software so your child can start modding Minecraft using beginner-friendly drag & drop code.
 

Ok, so you're probably wondering how much this costs...

Normally this intro workshop costs $29 if you book it through our website, and hundreds of parents have eagerly signed their child up.
 
However, I thought I'd try something a little different. I'm now offering this introductory workshop for FREE for a limited time, for any parents reading this page.
 
I'm doing this because I KNOW your child will love it, and I'm hoping they'll discover their passion for code and continue learning this amazing skill with us in our weekly extra-curricular classes that run during the school term.
 
In fact, I have NEVER seen a student leave one of our classes in anything but a euphoric state. 
 
Believe me - its the most rewarding thing to see that huge smile light up their little face as they create exploding snowballs and teleporting arrows in Minecraft and discover the power and freedom that comes from being able to tell a computer EXACTLY what you want it to do. 
 
I want that for your child. That is what motivates me every day. 
 
These parents want the same thing for their children, and this is what they've said about our classes:
Josh had a ball. When it was finished he put down his headset and said ‘That was AMAZING!’
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Sheree B.
Josh's Mum
Emily absolutely loved this class. I really liked the fact that you can see what each child is doing and noticed that you were right on top of things.
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Melissa M.
Emily's Mum
He has been talking about it all day. Tonight, he connected his laptop to the tv and showed us all what he did in the class!
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Kate D.
Daniel's Mum
We were so happy with how you ran it too and kept checking on the kids to make sure they were all on the same page, that was very reassuring for his father and I.
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Krystle C.
Student's Mum

And here are some little reviews from two of our students, Hayden & Chris:

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Your 8-12 Year Old Child Can Code Their First Minecraft Mod With Our FREE Introductory Workshop

  • Receive personalised attention in a tiny group of up to 4 students, for 50 mins.
  • Suitable for beginner-intermediate coders with limited experience
  • Attend the class online, from the comfort of home
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