Updated October 20 2015

Parental controls on PlayStation 3

Learn how to set up parental controls and limit the use of apps & features on your PlayStation 3 system.

 
 

What do parental controls on the PlayStation 3 system do?

If children will be using the PlayStation 3 system, parents or guardians can restrict access and play of content which may not be suitable. You can adjust these restrictions by selecting the correct option from the settings menu.

What types of content that can be restricted?

The following features can be restricted on the PlayStation 3 system.

  • Playing games.
  • Blu-Ray movies and DVD’s.
  • Restrict use of the use of the browser.

How do I set up parental controls and how do the levels relate to the age of my child?

You first need to know the appropriate parental control level that corresponds to the age of your child.

Player's Age Under 3 3-6 7-11 12-15 16-17 18 and over
PS3 parental control setting 1 2 3 5 7 9
Highest appropriate game age rating  

So if your child is 12 years old, select level 5 following the steps explained below.  This means that your child will only be able to play games age rated 12 or below.

The parental control levels apply similarly to films as well.

Player's Age Under 3 3-6 7-11 12-15 16-17 18 and over
PS3 parental control setting 1 2 3 5 7 9
Highest appropriate film age rating  

Find out more about age ratings and parental controls.

If you are unsure what level to choose to prevent or allow a child to play a particular product, you can select the application or content from the XMB menu, press the Triangle button and then select [Information]. The restriction will then be displayed.

It is not possible to set different parental control levels for each user of the PlayStation 3 system so always set the parental controls to suit the youngest child in your home.  You can adjust them at any time to allow viewing or play by an adult or older child, but remember to reset them to ensure your youngest child only sees content appropriate for their age.

How do I restrict the use of games?

  1. From the XMB menu go to [Settings] > [Security Settings] > [Parental Controls].
  2. Set the parental control level (the lower the level the tighter the restriction).
  3. You can also ‘Restrict Starting of a game with No Parental Control Settings’. This allows you to restrict the use of games which are unrated in your region.
  4. Once these levels are set, users who have been restricted will see a padlock icon in place of the normal artwork for the game or application.  The default level is 9 which equates to an 18 age rating.  Change it to suit the age of the youngest child in your home.
  5. When you set the parental controls for the first time, you will need to set a password (The default password is 0000). To set your password go to [Settings]  > [Security Settings] > [Change Password].

How do I set the Blu-Ray/DVD Parental Control Region?

You can base the standard parental control levels on for Blu-Ray/DVD’s on your region.

  1. From the XMB menu go to [Settings] > [Security Settings] > [BD/DVD – Parental Control Region Code].
  2. Set your region from the available list.

How do I restrict the use of Blu-Ray Movies?

  1. From the XMB menu go to [Settings] > [Security Settings] > [BD – Parental Control] > [Restrict (On)].
  2. Set the parental control level (the lower the level the tighter the restriction).
  3. To turn off Blu-Ray playback restrictions select ‘Do Not Restrict’.

How do I restrict the use of DVD Movies?

  1. From the XMB menu go to [Settings] > [Security Settings] > [DVD – Parental Control] > [Restrict (On)].
  2. Set the parental control level (the lower the level the tighter the restriction).
  3. To turn off DVD playback restrictions select ‘Do Not Restrict’.

How do I restrict the use of the Internet Browser?

You can restrict access to the internet browser to prevent a child using the Internet through the PlayStation 3 system.  This will not prevent the launch of some applications that use the internet.

  1. From the XMB menu go to [Settings] > [Security Settings] > [Internet Browser Start Control].
  2. Set ‘on’ or ‘off’ to stop the Internet Browser being started without a Password.

How do I change or recover a forgotten passcode?

To change your password for the parental controls settings.

  • From the XMB menu go to [Settings] > [Security Settings] > Change Password.

If you have forgotten the password for the parental controls settings menu you must reset it in order to change or remove the settings.

  1. To reset the passcode for parental controls from the PlayStation 3 system's XMB menu, go to [Settings] > [System Settings] > [Restore Default Settings].
  2. The PlayStation 3 will then restart and your parental control password will be reset to the default passcode of ‘0000’.

If your child will be going online with the PlayStation 3 system, such as to play online against others, you can also restrict the features they can access and interactions they have by creating a sub account and setting the appropriate parental controls.

Find out more about sub accounts and master accounts

Find out more about setting up a sub account

Find out more about sub account parental controls