Learn how to set up parental controls and limit your child’s use of games, apps, and features on your PlayStation®5 console.
Parental controls and spending limits work alongside family management and playtime controls to help you manage your child's activity on your PS5™ console and on PlayStation™Network (PSN).
To set parental controls, you need your own account for PlayStation Network and an account for each child. If you set up the child accounts, you automatically become the family manager. If someone else sets up the child accounts, they can appoint you as a "guardian" to enable you to set parental controls and spending limits.
When setting parental controls, remember to adjust the console settings to prevent children from changing parental controls.
To make sure parental controls are effectively applied to your child's play, check the following.
If you change parental controls settings while your child is playing a game, have your child log out and log back in for the changes to take effect.
You can set who can change your child's privacy settings by visiting Account Management.
If you choose Set by Parent/Guardian, the family manager and parents/guardians can change the child’s privacy settings.
You can also select which settings (if any) you want to allow your child to change. If you do allow your child to change settings, you can also decide which options they can choose from for each setting.
You are notified each time the child adjusts their settings.
If your child tries to start a restricted game, the game is blocked, and a screen appears. From here, your child can send a request for you to make an exception for the game. After they send a request, you, as the family manager, and appointed parents or guardians receive a notification as well as an email.
As the family manager, or an appointed parent or guardian, you can allow the received request in the following ways:
You can also manage your child's request by going to Settings > Family and Parental Controls > Family Management, selecting your child, and then going to Allowed Games.
When you select the parental control setting Communication and User-Generated Content > Restrict, the following are disabled:
You can prevent content not suitable for your child's age from being seen, as well as prevent information being exchanged with others. The user-generated content that can be blocked includes the following:
As the family manager, or an appointed parent or guardian, you can decide how much your child is allowed to spend each month. By default, the monthly spending limit is set to 0. If your child is going to buy content on their account, be sure to change this setting.
Please note, if you’re a "guardian" but not the family manager, let the family manager know if you make any changes to spending limits. If you’re the family manager, be aware that anyone you appoint as guardian can change the spending limits you’ve created.
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