Microsoft Xbox One®
Setting Xbox One Parental Controls Video:
ESRB has partnered with Monica Vila, Co-Founder of TheOnlineMom.com, for this easy step-by-step video on how to set parental controls of the Xbox One®.
Follow the steps in this video, below on this page, or in the downloadable guide to the right, to help ensure your children can only access content that is appropriate for them.
For instructions in Spanish, please visit our Setting Parental Controls in Spanish page.
Setting Xbox One Parental Controls Instructions:
On Xbox One, manage parental controls by selecting "Settings" and then choosing "Privacy and online safety."
Select a family member to customize their individual settings.
Adjust controls for what your children can see by setting "Content restrictions." These settings use a numerical scale that matches what would be considered appropriate for a certain age based on ESRB game ratings and other content rating systems.
- For example, if you set your child's content restrictions to '11,' she will be able to play games rated up to E10+ but not T or M.
- Content restrictions make it easy for parents to choose one setting and control the games, movies, TV and music that are appropriate for their children.
You can also:
Choose settings about what your child can do and with whom they can share and communicate on Xbox Live, Microsoft's online service.
Enable web filtering to control what can be accessed through Internet Explorer on Xbox One.
Give permission for your child to play games or use apps that would ordinarily be restricted based on their settings.
Hide restricted content (e.g., downloadable games, trailers and demos) in the Xbox Store.
With Xbox One, the experience is personalized for each user. Since parental controls are also set for each individual user, it is important that each family member has their own Microsoft Account. You can create and manage your child's account at http://xbox.com.
To help protect the settings they have chosen for their families, adults should choose a passkey (a six-digit PIN) and require it to log into the adult account. They should also be sure to sign out of their account when they are not using the console.
For more on Xbox One privacy and online safety settings, visit: http://support.xbox.com.
Microsoft Xbox 360®
In the Xbox dashboard, under "My Xbox," scroll to and select "Family Settings." To activate parental controls, select "On."
Select "Ratings and Content," and then "Game Ratings." Select the maximum ESRB rating level you deem appropriate for your children by pressing the green A button.
Once you are finished adjusting the various settings, press the red B button to return to the main "Console Safety" screen and select "Save and Exit." If you have not yet set your pass code you will be prompted to do so at this time.
You can also use "Family Settings" to:
Activate the "Family Timer" to limit the total amount of time the console can be used per day or week
Manage access to Microsoft's online service "Xbox LIVE"
Block access to movie DVDs by MPAA rating, television shows by TV rating, music/videos marked for explicit content and other unrated media
Hide restricted content (e.g., downloadable games, trailers and demos) in "Xbox LIVE Marketplace" and "Inside Xbox"
Allow "Game Exceptions" to specify titles that do not require a pass code to play
You may want to set up a separate "Xbox LIVE" account for each child in your family
For more on Xbox 360 Family Settings and step-by-step guides, visit: www.GetGameSmart.com