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Xbox 360

Parental Control: The Xbox 360 console lets you customise and manage your family’s access to games, films and television content. The Xbox 360 parental controls can be used to control the console itself and access to Xbox Live. Parental controls allow you control things such as:

  • Which games can be played.
  • Which films and TV shows can be watched.
  • How long each family member can use the console on a daily or weekly basis.
  • Whether or not someone can access Xbox Live.

You can also change the online safety and privacy settings for your account or a managed dependant account.

  • Block or allow access to Internet Explorer for Xbox.
  • Determine who can see your profile.
  • For parents, determine if approval is required to accept or send friend requests.

Details on how configure the Xbox 360 this can be found here.

Xbox One

Privacy and online safety settings on Xbox One put you in control of privacy for yourself and your family. You can use these settings to manage your own Xbox One experience or that of your children. Choose standard settings, which establish standard privacy and safety controls based on age, or customise settings at the individual setting level.

Parental controls refers to the combination of and privacy and online safety settings that adults manage for their children on Xbox One. These settings are applied to the Microsoft account of each individual child, allowing parents to customise the Xbox One experience for each.

Details on how to configure the Xbox One can be found here.

PlayStation 3

The PS3 system includes parental control settings that restrict the playing of content with parental control restrictions (such as game or video content) or the use of the Internet. You can adjust these settings so that content intended for mature audiences cannot be viewed by children.

Although the restriction method and the setting method may vary depending on the type of content, all such content is restricted by one password.

Details on how to configure the PlayStation 3 can be found here.

PlayStation 4

There are robust parental controls available on the PlayStation 4. Parental controls are tools available to parents or guardians to control the types of content accessible by minors on the PS4.

To get the most of out the PS4’s parental controls, you’ll want to make sure the adult has a Master Account, and the minor has a Sub Account. The Master Account controls what is and isn’t accessible to Sub Accounts, and different rules can be created for individiaul Sub Accounts.

Details on how to configure the PlayStation 4 can be found here.

Nintendo Wii U

You can configure Parental Controls for the Wii U console by accessing the Parental Controls option on the Wii U Menu. You can restrict certain features such as:

  • Game Rating – Restricts the usage (or purchase through Nintendo eShop) of Wii U software with unsuitable content.
  • Online Interaction in Games – Restricts online features and exchange of contentthrough games. To control the use of the internet browser, Nintendo eShop or Miiverse, you must set the restrictions for those separately. You cannot restrict certain data downloaded through SpotPass (such as system updates or notifications from Nintendo).
  • Internet Browser – Restricts the use of the internet browser.
  • Miiverse – Restricts users from viewing or posting content on Miiverse. The Restrict Posting Only setting does not prevent registered friends from exchanging messages.
  • Friend Registration – Restricts the registration of additional friends.

Details on how to configure the Wii U can be found here.

Nintendo Switch

It’s only natural for parents to have questions about their kids and gaming.

That’s why Nintendo Switch has parental controls that let you set rules for using the system—so you can spend less time worrying and more time having fun. While some parental controls are available on the system itself, the free app gives you even more options.

Details on how to configure the Switch can be found here.