What does it do?
CrafterWatch monitors your child’s Minecraft environment and alerts you when certain events or communication issues are identified. For instance, when your child connects to one of the thousands of Minecraft servers CrafterWatch can notify you and tell you which one. Or, when CrafterWatch identifies foul language, bullying, sharing personally identifiable information, or someone trying to get your child into a video call it can notify you. You decide whether to be notified by email or text message and we provide a contextual chat log so you can have a thorough understanding of what was said and by whom.
How does it work?
We provide a tiny program to install on your Windows PC (Mac support coming soon). Once installed, it runs automatically in the background whenever your child is playing Minecraft. It listens for certain events and communication signals and alerts you when warning signs are detected. You can investigate further by using your private, secure dashboard on CrafterWatch.com
What platforms and operating systems does it work on?
CrafterWatch currently supports Minecraft (Java edition) on Windows PCs. Support for Mac is coming soon.
What editions of Minecraft does it work on?
CrafterWatch currently works with the Java-edition of Minecraft on a Windows PC. Support for other editions and platforms is planned in the future.
Am I spying on my kid?
Just like your child’s life is better when you’re involved, we believe Minecraft is even better for kids when parents are involved. Why should Minecraft be a parent-free zone?
As parents it’s our job to raise our children to become healthy adults. When they’re young we watch over them closely and as they mature we give them more and more freedom. Unlike a spy agency, we have a right (and obligation) to know what is going on in our own homes. CrafterWatch is a parenting tool that helps you know what’s going on, so you can guide and protect your children.
We strongly encourage you to tell your children you are using CrafterWatch; don’t keep it a secret. It works best when you explain to your children what you are doing, and why. They already know you’re watching out for them. They already know you have standards for who is welcome in your home and in their lives. They already know you have standards for their behavior and the behavior of their guests and friends. These standards extend to Minecraft.
Just like parents sometimes use baby monitors to listen for trouble in a distant part of the house, CrafterWatch lets you keep an eye on what’s going on in distant Minecraft worlds.
We strongly recommend that you have regular conversations with your child about what they’re doing in Minecraft, what you’re observing, who their friends are, how their building activities are going. Don’t hesitate to refer to CrafterWatch and what you see happening-this just reinforces to them that you aren’t hiding anything, you’re not trying to trap them, you care about them and want to be involved in their lives.
What kind of information do you record?
CrafterWatch records new Minecraft sessions, connections to Minecraft servers, and chat messages between your child and other players.
Can it monitor multiple sessions/players at once?
At the moment CrafterWatch can monitor one Minecraft player per registered CrafterWatch account. We have plans to make it possible for one CrafterWatch account to monitor multiple Minecraft players in a household.
How do I know if my kid is responsible or if it’s someone else?
The contextual analysis feature within CrafterWatch identifies who said what, and when. The parent dashboard lets you see the context around the warning that was brought to your attention. You’ll know exactly why the alert was triggered and be able to review what was going on at the time.
How long do you store the data?
Our default storage period is seven (7) days. We provide you with the ability to customize how long CrafterWatch stores your data. You can choose 3, 7, 14, 21, or 30 days.
Who has access to the information?
Only you and our trusted operations staff have access to the information. We do not share any of the data with third parties.
Will it slow down the game?
No. The CrafterWatch client software has very minimal processor and RAM requirements. Your child should not notice any decrease in computer performance after installing the software.
How quickly am I notified when there is a problem?
Generally less than 1 minute. Usually alert messages are received within a few seconds of the activity in question.
It should be noted that there are many variables that are out of our control that could affect delivery time. A delivery delay measuring in minutes is quite rare. Most alerts are received within seconds.
Does the program recognize the abbreviated words and texts kids use online?
CrafterWatch already knows how to identify many abbreviated words and text codes. And it is always learning and improving.