In today’s digital age, gaming has become an integral part of many households, providing entertainment and a means of relaxation for individuals of all ages. However, as much as gaming can be enjoyable, it’s important to ensure that it is being used responsibly, especially when it comes to younger players. The PlayStation 5 (PS5), the latest gaming console from Sony, offers a robust set of parental control features that allow parents and guardians to manage and monitor their children’s gaming experiences. In this guide, we will walk you through the process of setting up parental controls on PlayStation 5.
These limits include everything from the number of hours spent playing to the amount a child can spend on in-app purchases, all tied to accounts set up on the console. Parental controls can be managed both online and on the PlayStation 5, although new child accounts must be created online.
Understanding the Importance of Parental Controls
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Parental controls on PlayStation 5 serve as a powerful tool for managing a child’s gaming activities. These controls can help limit screen time, prevent access to age-inappropriate content, and promote a healthy balance between gaming and other activities.
Guide to Setting Up Parental Controls on PlayStation 5
To set up parental controls, you will need to create a family manager account. This is an account that has full control over the parental controls for all of the accounts in the family.
Family management via the Internet
You need to let Sony know who is in the family in order to start limiting their options on your home PlayStation 5. Let’s assume that you already have a PlayStation Network (PSN) account:
- Go to the account management page in a web browser.
- Click Family Management > Set Up Now > Add a Child.
- You’ll need to provide your child’s date of birth, email address, and password in order for them to sign into PS5.
- It will then show a series of parental controls that will be applied to the account and determine which games, VR features and websites can be accessed on the PlayStation 5.
For child accounts, there is an option to select parental controls.
- Click the Age Level button for PlayStation 5 games to set a new age level – by default it will be calculated based on the date of birth you entered.
- Click Use PS VR2 and PS VR if you have a VR headset. Select Restrict and the child will not be able to use these devices without permission.
- Click Web Browsing and then Prevent games and chats from opening web links without permission while the child is signed in to the PlayStation 5.
- Select Confirm.
- Now another group of settings is offered.
- Select Communication and User-Generated Content and Restrict to block features such as voice chat, sending and receiving messages, and sharing screenshots.
- Select Monthly Spending Limit to set limits on how much a child can spend through PS5 – amounts range from zero to unlimited, with multiple amounts in between.
- You can set the amount of game time, its start and end time.
Click the Confirm button, then set the time zone. After that, you will immediately be prompted to set screen time limits: how much time per day the child can be on the console and at what time. Select Verify, Agree, and Add to Family again, and you’re done.
If a child attempts to use this feature, all options for which you have selected “Restrict” rather than “Unrestrict” will be asked for permission via email or via the PlayStation mobile app if you have it installed. You can make a one-time exception if you wish.
You can return to your online account management page at any time to change these settings or view your child’s PlayStation 5 activity (for example, how many hours per day they played). The same parental controls are available on the console.
Adding Child Accounts to PlayStation 5
Now that Sony knows who is in the family, you can add them to user accounts on PlayStation 5. The child will be able to log into their own account with their own games, saves and preferences, as well as parental control settings.
Log out of your account by selecting your profile picture (top right on the home screen) and selecting Log Out. Then select “Add User” to allow your child to sign into the account, but they can set their own username and profile picture.
How a PlayStation 5 child account works
A child account does not have the same privileges as an adult account. If a child opens “Settings” (gear icon in the upper right corner), then “Family” and “Parental Controls”, he will not be able to edit these settings, but he will be able to see how much play time he has left for today.
If you want to make changes or tweak controls, all you have to do is log back into your PlayStation 5 account and open the console settings via the gear icon in the top right corner of the home screen. From here, you can access the parental controls we previously covered in the web interface.
- Select Family and Parental Controls > Family Management and then select the child account to make changes.
- The Family Management page will display a list of options and information such as Time played today, Change game time for today, Game time settings, and Time zone.
- The PS5 will tell you how long the child has been playing today.
- Select Change game time for today to give your child more time on PS5 or see how much time they’ve already played.
- Select Allowed games to see your child’s requests for games that have been blocked or blocked communication options (such as voice chat).
- Select Parental Controls to customize everything you’ve already set online, from your monthly spending limit to age limits for games.
On PlayStation 5, you can edit all parental controls, including allowed games.
It’s a good idea to secure your PSN account on PlayStation 5 with a PIN, otherwise your child could log into the console as you and turn off parental controls. To do this, on the PS5 settings screen, go to Users & Accounts> Sign-in settings > Require password to sign in to PS5.
It doesn’t matter if you manage parental controls online or on PS5. The options are the same, so use whichever is more convenient, although logging in online will give you more information about your child’s activities. For example, if your child is allowed to change their privacy settings, you can see which settings were changed and when.
Parental controls in PlayStation 5 provide a comprehensive solution for parents and guardians to ensure that their children have a safe and enjoyable gaming experience. By setting age restrictions, playtime limits, communication preferences, and more, parents can foster a balanced approach to gaming and online interactions. Regularly monitoring and adjusting these settings will help create a gaming environment that aligns with family values and priorities. Remember, technology is a tool, and with the right guidance, it can be used to enhance the lives of young gamers.