If children will be using the PlayStation 4 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.
The following features can be restricted on the PlayStation 4.
You first need to know the appropriate parental control level that corresponds to the age of your child.
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.
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 content area, press the OPTIONS button, and then select [Information]. The restriction will then be displayed.
If an application or content works with the PlayStation 4 system's parental controls, the parental control level appears in the [Parental Control] field.
It is not possible to set different parental control levels for each user of the PlayStation 4 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.
"Allow" is the default setting and means that there are no limits. The numbers correlate to an age, and are used to restrict content. The lower the age, the tighter the restriction.
The [Country or Region for Partntal Control] option sets the regional standard for DVD parental controls. You want this to match the region set on the PlayStation 4. If you have a UK PlayStation 4 and are watching UK DVDs, this should be set to UK.
You can restrict access to the internet browser to prevent a child using the internet through the PlayStation 4 system. This will not prevent the launch of some applications that use the internet.
Select the "Do Not Allow" option. This will prevent the Internet Browser from starting, although the icon for the browser will still appear on the Home Screen.
You can set a passcode to restrict access to your local user account on the PlayStation 4. This can prevent your child from using adult local user accounts and associated adult PSN accounts.
Please note the password used to restrict access to your User profile will be separate from the parental control passcode.
You can stop people who do not have a local user account on the PlayStation 4 system from logging in. This prevents a child from registering as a new local user or as a guest on the PlayStation 4 system and so ensures your child only uses the PlayStation 4 system local user account, and associated sub account, created specificallyr for them.
Select the "Do Not Allow" option. This will prevent the creation of any new Users on the PlayStation 4 system.
If your child will be going online with the PlayStation 4 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