Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you can’t have missed the explosion of block crafts games that have blown up the gaming industry. From smartphone devices to high-end gaming computer consoles, block craft games have become so readily available that they are enjoyed all over the world.
It all started back in 2009 with the release of Minecraft, one of the most popular block craft games that have since amassed an outstanding 122 million unique downloads (Feb 2017) globally, which just goes to show how popular the games are
Ever since, there are has been more and more unique games released built on this concept, each adding its own unique features and stories for players to get lost in.
One of the leading features of these block craft games is the fact that the possibilities are literally endless. Some games with have set story modes for the players to enjoy but the games extend far beyond these boundaries in terms of creativity.
However, these games, in their infinite possibilities, have been proven to be addictive, especially when it comes to children, and hour upon hour can be spent exploring new worlds and building things. This amount of time on screens is dangerous for anybody’s health which is why it’s so important for parents to be aware of how much time their children are spending on these games as well as how to stop it becoming a problem.
One of the most popular ways to block the use of craft games on an iOS device is using a parental control app titled OurPact. Here’s everything you need to know about using it.
Firstly, you’ll need to access the app store on your target device and search ‘OurPact, which will take you to the download. Download and install the app in the same way that you’d install any application on the device.
Before you open the app on your device, be sure to head over to the OurPact website so you can register an account using the on-screen instructions. Here, you’ll also have the ability to manage your free account or upgrade to a premium account that will offer you more features.
Once your account is made, open the OurPact app on your device and log in using the credentials that you’ve just created, and you’ll be ready to start blocking.
Now, that you’re on the home screen on the app, at the bottom of the screen, you’ll see the schedule window. You can access this on the target device or by downloading the app on your device and remote managing, without having to have the target device in hand.
In the centre of the screen, hit the ‘Block’ button, followed by the ‘+’ button in the schedule window. Now you’ll be able to choose your crafting game and app from the app menu. Simply select this app, and you’ll be given the option of how long, ranging from an hour up to a day or ‘until you say so’.
Select which time duration and the app will be blocked.
Similar to the iOS version, there are many ways you can block a crafting game app on Android devices, this time using an app titled ‘AppBlock. Here’s how to use it.
Firstly, on your target device, head over to the Play Store and search ‘AppBlock’ and click the first option in the search results. Then install the app like you would any other app. Once installed, navigate to the app on your menu and open it.
Next, you’ll need to accept a couple of notifications and permissions that will allow the app to work. Follow the on-screen instructions to set these up. Now, let’s say you want your children to do their homework from 4pm till 8pm and they can’t play games in that time.
Simply tap the red ‘+’ button at the bottom of the screen to create a new blocking profile. Here, you’ll be able to customize your settings, adding which days the profile is active, the times that the profile is active, in this case, 4pm till 8pm, what kind of blocking you want, whether it’s app and/or notification and finally which apps you’re going to block.
Feel free to play around with your settings until you find the profile which will work for you. Save these settings, and the AppBlock will be in full effect.
Blocking craft games on Windows PCs is actually a lot easier than most people realise.
Step #1. Navigate through your Windows menus from Start > Control Panel> User Access Control.
Step #2. Under this menu, you’ll see an option titled Parental Controls, which you’ll need to turn on.
Step #3. Once this is turned on, you’ll have access to a new menu which will have a Games option. Click this and customize your settings so your family will only have access to certain games based on All, Age Rating or Other Game Ratings.
Simply select your craft game under the Games menu to block it.
Much like Windows PC, blocking craft games on Macs is fairly simple.
Step #1. Navigate the menus from Apple Menu > System Preferences > Parental Controls.
Step #2. Click the Lock icon and select which user you would like to manage. You’ll see multiple options you can choose from apps, web access, stores, time, privacy and overall time usage. Simply navigate the apps menu to find the craft game you want to block, and it will be done when you save your settings.
Sometimes, you don’t want to go straight in to start locking craft games as this will simply cause problems, and probably arguments within your family. However, by monitoring the mobile phone beforehand to see if they are using the apps for too long, you’ll have evidence to make the blocks.
The best way to do this is using a monitoring solution known as Spyzie. This is an all-in-one monitoring solution that can be used on both iOS devices and Android, including Samsung, Sony, LG, Lenovo, HTC, Google Nexus and Huawei devices.
However, not only will you be able to monitor the app usage, but you’ll also be able to enjoy a whole other range of benefits such as real-time GPS location tracking, social media usage tracking, web browser and download history tracking, keylogger features and much more. That’s everything you need to guarantee the protection and safety of your family.
As you can see, it doesn’t matter what device your preferred craft game is being played on; there are still so easy to use ways to block and monitor their usage so you can make sure your family has balance in their lives and living healthy lifestyles.