Parental controls on PlayStation

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

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, PS5, PlayStation App or via the web on your PC and smartphone.

Whether you have a PS4, PS5 or want to activate Parental Controls via the Family Management settings for an existing console, follow our step-by-step guide and get started in minutes.

What you can do with Parental Controls on PlayStation:

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

Every child account can be set up to only allow age-appropriate content.

Parents and guardians also have the ability* to allow or deny exception requests from their children for specific games to override age restrictions for individual games as they see necessary.

*Feature available on PS5

Manage how long child family members can play each day

Schedule daily play time sessions, set the duration that children can play during weekdays and award extra time on the weekends.

Control chat, messaging and content sharing

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

Parents and guardians also have the ability to approve or deny communication exceptions requested by their children to allow for use of communication features in specified games.

Restrict child access to the PS4 and PS5 web browsers

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

Set monthly spending limits for digital purchases

Control how much children can spend on PlayStation Store each calendar month. When children make a purchase on PlayStation Store, it'll be made from the Family Manager's wallet, which requires a password at checkout.

Set up multiple layers of passcode protection

Create a system restriction passcode to disable guest login and prevent changes to the parental control settings or account creation, and set up a log-in passcode so only you can access your account.

How Family Management and Parental Controls work

Family Management is a section under Settings, where you can check and update Parental Controls setting, Playtime limits, privacy settings for children and more. Click here to read an informational table with more information. 

Make use of Parental Controls so everyone can enjoy a PlayStation experience with age appropriate games and content.

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 or PS5 usage and oversee Playtime, and set spending limits.

Family Managers and designated guardians can also control their children's privacy settings, with the ability to access each child's settings and edit the value.

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 or PS5 usage and oversee play time, and set spending limits.

Family Managers and designated guardians can also control their children's privacy settings, with the ability to access each child's settings and edit the value.

Guardian

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

Guardian

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

Family member

Child family members can have their permissions individually set depending on age, so everyone can enjoy PlayStation experience with age appropriate games and content, while also having pre-arranged spending limits on PlayStation Store.

Family member

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.

Stay in control from your phone, PC or PlayStation console

All your Family Management tools and parental controls can be accessed via your PS4 and PS5 console’s settings menu, from the web on PC or smartphone or via the PlayStation App.

Simply sign-in with your account, 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. 

Great games for kids and parents alike

In search of family-friendly fun or something just for the adults? Check out our extensive buyer's guides to some of the best games for younger players and those raising them, too.

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.