Parental controls on PlayStation 4

How you can make PlayStation a safer place to play for the whole family.

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Safer play for gamers of all ages

It’s easy for parents or guardians to ensure gaming is safer, more secure and fun for every family member, using the flexible parental controls on PS4, or via the web on your PC and smartphone.

Whether you have a brand-new PS4 or want to activate Parental Controls on an existing console, follow our step-by-step guide and get started in minutes.

What you can do with Parental Controls on PS4:

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Set age restrictions for games, Blu-ray Discs and DVDs

Every child family member’s account can be set up to only allow age-appropriate content.

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Manage how long child family members can play each day

Schedule daily Play Time sessions, set the duration that children can play or award extra time for gaming from your smartphone or web browser.

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Disable chat, messaging and sharing with other players

Choose whether to allow your child to communicate with other players via PlayStation Network, share content or view content created by other players.

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Restrict access to the PS4 web browser

Be confident that children can’t view unsuitable websites and social media by disabling internet access for their account.

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Set monthly spending limits for digital downloads

Control how much children can spend on PlayStation Store each month and protect your payment details with a password.

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Set up multiple layers of passcode protection

Create a system restriction passcode to disable guest login and to prevent other users from making changes to the parental control settings and making new account. You can also set up a log-in passcode to ensure that only you can access your account.

These controls can be tailored to each child family member’s account and will apply to any PS4 console they sign in on – so you can help protect younger children from seeing things they shouldn’t, while older children and adults can enjoy age-appropriate games and services.

How Family Management and Parental Controls work

With an account for PSN, you can use our Family Management tools to assign roles to yourself, other adult family members and child family members under the age of 18, and make use of Parental Controls so everyone can enjoy using their PS4 with age appropriate games and content.

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Family Manager

As the Family Manager, you have control over each child family member’s account. You can tailor their permissions individually, keep track of their PS4 usage, oversee play time and set spending limits.

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Family Managers can also appoint Guardians – other trusted adult accounts who can control permissions for child family members’ accounts.

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Child family members can have their permissions individually set depending on age, so they can access appropriate content and follow pre-arranged spending limits on PlayStation Store.

You can have up to seven accounts in your family, including yourself, and each family member’s settings and data are kept separate, so everyone has their own game progress and Trophy collection.
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Stay in control from your phone, PC or PS4

All your Family Management tools and parental controls can be accessed via your PS4 console’s settings menu, from the web on PC or smartphone or via the PlayStation App.

Simply sign-in with your account for PSN, go to the Family Management dashboard and you can review what children in your family have permission to access and adjust your settings on-the-go.

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Get more help and support

You can find answers to all sorts of questions related to many PlayStation products and services – including additional safety resources – via our online help and support hub.