A broad range of activities and content can be restricted to ensure your child is not exposed to content and activities which are not suitable for their age. In order to make your child’s experience on the PlayStation fun and safe:
Check the age ratings of games before you buy them.
Set parental controls on the console before you let your child play.
Set up a PlayStation Network sub account for your child and activate parental controls on it.
Monitor and engage with your child’s play on PlayStation and online.
Most PlayStation content is rated by an independent ratings body. This is because games and films may contain content like violence, nudity or graphic sexual images, which may only be suitable for people above a certain age.
Age ratings are usually given as a number, which tells you the youngest age the content is suitable for. A game or film with a 12 rating has content which is suitable only for people aged 12 years and over, and a game or film with an 18 rating is suitable for adults only.
Some age rating systems also display small pictures called descriptors or extra written advice. These show the types of content appearing in the product which may concern parents or carers, for example, bad language or violence. The higher the age rating of the product, the stronger this content will be. Depending on the product, there may be more than one descriptor.
Descriptors or written advice may also tell you if a game can be played online against other players.
Many games and films are suitable for all ages, but you should always check the age rating and descriptors before buying PlayStation products from a retailer or the PlayStation Store.
Age ratings for games have nothing to do with the difficulty or playability of the game.
The ratings body PEGI rates game content. For further information on PEGI please visit their site.
Use the parental controls to manage your child’s experience on the PlayStation system and PlayStation Network.
Do this before you allow them to play for the first time.
Console parental controls
Here you can restrict access to things like games, DVD/Blu-ray playback, and downloaded films which are not suitable for your child’s age. You can also restrict access to the Internet browser.
You can temporarily override your settings at any time to allow an older child or an adult to watch or play.
The settings are slightly different for each platform so please select your console below for information on setting the parental controls.
PlayStation Network account parental controls
Your child can enjoy the PlayStation system without going online, but many of the products offer online features and some will not work without them. If you allow your child to use the PlayStation system online you can manage the type of content and online interactions your child can access when using PlayStation Network by creating a sub account with the appropriate parental controls set up.
There are two types of PlayStation Network account. Master accounts for users over the age of 18 and sub accounts for minors that are linked to and controlled by the master account.
By creating a sub account for your child you can prevent them from accessing PlayStation Store content that is unsuitable for their age, user generated content and online gameplay. You can also stop your associated sub account from making purchases without your consent.
Advise your child how to stay safe online and talk to them about their experiences.
For help setting up a PlayStation Network sub account, please click here.
For help setting up PlayStation Network sub account parental controls (including sub account spending limits) please click here.