Kids are the future and we can’t have naughty internet folks spoiling them. It’s important, then, that we keep the little ones safe when they’re playing online with their new PS4 console. Unless you don’t care about your child…
The PS4 has a robust parental control system in place that is, thankfully, quite easy to use. Heck, you probably don’t even need to read this guide. I’m gonna write it anyway – no way am I losing out on those hapless parent clicks!
First of all you’re going to want to make sure that your kid has their own account on the PS4; sharing your account and putting restrictions on it will mean you’re also subject to the parental controls.
Once you’ve created the child account go to the system settings and then scroll down to ‘Parental Controls/Family Management’, then select the account you want to put restrictions on.
From here on it’s as simple as modifying the options as you see fit. You can block off access to PSVR if your child is not yet old enough to play; Sony states that it is not for use by children under the age of 12. Maybe a few goes with Mum and Dad’s supervision wouldn’t be the end of the world though…
There are also options to restrict voice chat, messaging, spending, browser access, age-appropriate games and movies. It’s all very simple and it’ll take you no longer than a couple of minutes. What’s more is that they’re easy enough to change at a later date should you want to let little Timmy and little Jessie watch The Terminator and play God of War.
Whilst you’re here… We’ve a few other guide articles to help new PS4 owners this Christmas season, so go ahead and check them out by clicking the links down below:
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Chris has been writing about gaming news for far too long, and now he’s doing it even more. A true PlayStation know-it-all, Chris has owned just about every Sony console that ever existed. Trophies are like crack to this fella. (Bronze trophies, that is – he only has one Platinum.)