PlayStation 4

Block by Age Rating
Control Spending
Limit Time Spent
Restrict Communication

From the Home screen, scroll up to get to the Function menu. Scroll right to “Settings” and select it by pressing the X button. Then select “Parental Controls/Family Management” to view parental controls.

  1. Select “PS4 System Restrictions.”
  2. Select “Default Parental Controls.”
  3. Select “Age Level for Games” and then choose a restriction level.
    • A number system indicates the relative level of restriction: the lower the number, the tighter the restrictions. ESRB ratings icons are displayed for each restriction levels to show what’s permitted by each setting. Choose a restriction level and then press X to confirm. The following numbers correspond to ESRB’s age ratings:
      • – E (Everyone)
      • – E10+ (Everyone 10+)
      • – T (Teen)
      • – M (Mature)
      • 10 – AO (Adults Only)

 

  1. From the Home screen, scroll up to get to the Function menu. Scroll right to “Settings” and select it by pressing the X button.
  2. Select “Family Management.”
  3. Select the user for whom you want to set a spending limit, then select “Applications/Devices/Network Features.”
  4. Scroll down to “Monthly Spending Limit” and press the X button.
  5. Choose a monthly spending limit for this user and press the X button.

NOTE: Funds will be taken from the family manager’s wallet, so make sure you set limits and don’t pre-load funds into the wallet. The account holder will always receive an email whenever a purchase is made via the PlayStation Store.

  1. From the Home screen, scroll up to get to the Function menu. Scroll right to “Settings” and select it by pressing the X button.
  2. Select “Family Management.”
  3. Select the user for whom you want to set a spending limit, then select “Play Time Settings.”
  4. Choose a time zone for your child.
  5. Choose “Play Time Restrictions” and set it to “Restrict.”
  6. Choose “When Play Time Ends” and choose “Notify Only” if you want your child to see an on-screen message when their play time is over. Choose “Log Out of PS4” for stricter play time controls.
  7. In “Duration and Playable Hours” you can choose when your child is allowed to use the PS4 and for how long. Add a check mark to “By Days of the Week” to schedule different play times for each day of the week.

Note: Make sure you save your changes to play time settings!

  1. From the Home screen, scroll up to get to the Function menu. Scroll right to “Settings” and select it by pressing the X button.
  2. Select “Family Management.”
  3. Select the user for whom you want to set a spending limit, then select “Applications/Devices/Network Features” under the Parental Controls section.
  4. Under “Network Features you can choose whether to allow communication with other players on PSN.

Follow the steps 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.

Setting PlayStation 4 Parental Controls Instructions:

Finding the “Parental Controls” Options

From the Home screen, scroll up to get to the Function menu. Scroll right to “Settings” and select it by pressing the X button. Then select “Parental Controls/Family Management” to view two sets of parental controls.

  1. Manage the entire use of your PlayStation by choosing “PS4 System Restrictions.” You can set restrictions on all users on the system which can be bypassed using a system restriction passcode.
  2. Become a family manager and create accounts for the children in your household. This allows you to customize parental controls for each child so you can manage their online experience, schedule play time, and more.

Choosing “PS4 System Restrictions”

  1. Select “PS4 System Restrictions” by pressing the X button and then select “Application” (games and apps) to apply the appropriate parental control.
  2. Sony PlayStation® 4 The PlayStation 3, 4, and PlayStation Vita are enforced by a four-digit password. The default password is 0000 (four zeros). It is recommended that you reset the password. This can be done from the “PS4 System Restrictions” menu. Select “Change System Restriction Passcode” using the X button, then enter the current password, and you will then be prompted to enter a new passcode. Make sure it is something easy to remember, as you will be prompted to enter this new passcode every time you want to adjust the Parental Controls setting.
  3. Default Parental Controls determine what system features can be accessed without entering the system restriction passcode. Select “Default Parental Controls” in the “PS4 System Restrictions” menu to get started. Select “Age Level for Games” and then choose a restriction level. A number system indicates the relative level of restriction: the lower the number, the tighter the restrictions. ESRB ratings icons are displayed for each restriction levels to show what’s permitted by each setting. Choose a restriction level and then press X to confirm. The following numbers correspond to ESRB’s age ratings:
    • – E (Everyone)
    • – E10+ (Everyone 10+)
    • – T (Teen)
    • – M (Mature)
    • 10 – AO (Adults Only)
  4. To control what videos are viewable without first entering the system restriction passcode, adjust “Age Level for Blu-ray Disc/DVDs”.
  5. To require the system restriction password before using PlayStation VR, set “Use of PlayStation VR” to “Not Allowed”.
  6. To set parental controls for the Internet browser, in “Parental Controls,” select “PS4 System Restrictions” and then select “Default Parental Controls” followed by “Use of Internet Browser.” Your options are “Allowed” or “Not Allowed.” Selecting “Not Allowed” will block access to the browsing the Internet on the PS4 system.

 

Choosing “Family Management”

  1. Family Management offers parental controls that can be set differently for each child. One adult with a PlayStation Network can invite others to join their family. They become the family manager who can invite additional family members, set parental controls for child family members, and choose which adult family members get to share those parental controls. Each child family member can each have individualized parental control settings.
  2. To add a child account, select “Family Management” followed by “Add Family Member”. Next choose “Create User” and enter your child’s name and date of birth. When adding a family member who is less than 18 years old, you can customize the parental controls discussed above. If you allow the child to join PlayStation Network, then more settings become available to customize their online experience. These include allowing or blocking online chat and messaging, setting monthly spending limits, and more. When you’re done, your child will have a profile on this PS4 system. If you allow it, your child can create their PSN account by logging in with their profile, going to “Settings” and choosing “Account Management” followed by “Sign In”. The Family Manager will be required to sign in and verify their child’s account before that child can join the PlayStation Network.
  3. The family manager can invite up to seven other accounts to join their PSN family. They can remove adult accounts from the family. Adult family members can choose to leave the family. Child accounts added to the family cannot be removed by the family manager, but the account holder can upgrade to an adult account after they reach the age of 18.

 

Play Time Controls

You can follow these steps to schedule play time after setting up your child’s account:

  1. On your PS4 system, go to “Settings” and select “Parental Controls/Family Management.”
  2. Select “Family Management”.
  3. Select the user for whom you want to set a spending limit, then select “Play Time Settings”.
  4. Choose a time zone for your child.
  5. Choose “Play Time Restrictions” and set it to “Restrict”.
  6. Choose “When Play Time Ends” and choose “Notify Only” if you want your child to see an on-screen message when their play time is over. Choose “Log Out of PS4” for stricter play time controls.
  7. In “Duration and Playable Hours” you can choose when your child is allowed to use the PS4 and for how long. Add a check mark to “By Days of the Week” to schedule different play times for each day of the week.
  8. Save your changes to play time settings.

Setting Spending Limits

You can follow these steps to set spending limits after setting up your child’s account:

  1. On your PS4 system, go to “Settings” and select “Parental Controls/Family Management.”
  2. Select “Family Management”.
  3. Select the user for whom you want to set a spending limit, then select “Applications/Devices/Network Features”.
  4. Scroll down to “Monthly Spending Limit” and press the X button.
  5. Choose a monthly spending limit for this user and press the X button. When you’re done, your changes will be saved automatically.

NOTE: Funds will be taken from the family manager’s wallet, so make sure you set limits and don’t pre-load funds into the wallet. The account holder will always receive an email whenever a purchase is made via the PlayStation Store.

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