Parental controls and spending limits on PlayStation®5 consoles

How to set parental controls and spending limits on PlayStation®5

Learn how to set up parental controls and limit your child’s use of games, apps, and features on your PS5™ console.

Parental controls and spending limits work alongside family management and play time controls to help you manage your child’s activity on PS5 and PlayStation™Network (PSN).

In order to set parental controls, you will need your own account for PlayStation Network and an account for each child. If you set up the child accounts, you will automatically be 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 system settings to prevent children from changing parental controls.

How to set up parental controls for PS5 consoles

You can set parental controls from a web browser or on your PlayStation console:

Web browser: set parental controls

  1. Sign in to Account Management > Family Management

  2. Select the child account you want to set restrictions for and select Edit to adjust each feature.

  1. Go to Settings > Family and Parental Controls > Family Management > Parental Controls.

  2. Select the child account you want to set restrictions for and select Edit to adjust each feature or adjust the preset parental control level.

PlayStation 5 parental controls

Parental controls on PS5 allow you to restrict child account access to network features, applications, and devices: 

  • Set age rating levels for games, Blu-ray™, and DVD
    Games and videos are rated by age level to help parents figure out whether the content is appropriate for their child. 

  • Set play time restrictions
    Play times give family managers (and adult family members who are set as guardians) the ability to set limits on when, and for how long, each child can access PS5 and PS4 consoles.

  • Restrict communication and user-generated content
    Prevent child accounts from communicating with other players. This setting also restricts viewing content created by other players such as videos, images, and text created by other users.

    Note: Child accounts can request an exception to use communication features in a specific game. 

  • Allowed Games
    If your child tries to start a game or communicate with another player but is blocked by parental controls, they can then request that you make an exception. You'll receive an email request to allow the game. This menu allows you to manage a child’s allowed games.

  • Set monthly spending limits 
    If you set a spending limit for a child account, we will let that child spend up to that amount each month on PlayStation Store. The funds are taken from the family manager’s wallet.

    Please note, if you are a “guardian” but not the family manager, let the family manager know if you make any changes to spending limits. If you are the family manager, be aware that anyone you appoint as guardian can change the spending limits you have created.

  • Restrict use of Internet Browser

  • Restrict use of PlayStation® VR
    PlayStation® VR is not for use by children under 12 years.

Preset parental controls on PS5

Starting PS5 games and apps
Can start content if the age rating is the same or lower than the child's age

Starting PS4/PS3 games and apps
Can start content if the age rating is 15 years and under

Starting Blu-ray Disc™
Can play disc if the age rating is 16 years and under

Starting DVD
Not restricted

Use of PlayStation VR
Not restricted

Web Browsing
Not restricted

Communication and user-generated content
Not restricted

Filtering for PlayStation Store content
Restricted

Monthly spending limit
0

Starting PS5 games and apps
Can start content if the age rating is the same or lower than the child's age

Starting PS4/PS3 games and apps
Can start content if the age rating is 12 or 13 years and under

Starting Blu-ray Disc™
Can play discs if the age rating is 13 years and under

Starting DVD
Not restricted

Use of PlayStation VR
Not restricted

Web Browsing
Restricted

Communication and user-generated content 
Restricted

Age Filtering for Online Content 
Restrict

Monthly Spending Limit
0

Starting PS5 games and apps
Can start content if the age rating is the same or lower than the child's age

Starting PS4/PS3 games and apps
Can start content if the age rating is 6 or 7 years and under

Starting Blu-ray Disc™
Can play discs if the age rating is 7 years and under

Starting DVD
Not restricted

Use of PlayStation VR
Restricted

Web Browsing
Restricted

Communication and user-generated content 
Restricted

Age Filtering for Online Content
Restrict

Monthly Spending Limit
0

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