Updated 29 October 2015

Parental controls on PlayStation Vita

Learn how to set up parental controls and limit the use of apps & features on your PlayStation Vita system.

 
 

What do parental controls on the PlayStation Vita system do?

If children will be using the PlayStation Vita 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.

 

What types of content that can be restricted?

 

The following features can be restricted on the PlayStation Vita system.

  • Playing games
  • Play Duration
  • Video Playback
  • PlayStation Store
  • Location data
  • Internet browser

 

How do I set up parental controls and how do the levels relate to the age of my child?

You first need to know the appropriate parental control level that corresponds to the age of your child.

Player's Age

Under 3

3-6

7-11

12-15

16-17

18 and over

PS Vita parental control setting

1

2

3

5

7

9

In South Africa, the ratings body the Film & Publication Board rates game content. For further information on FBP please visit their site.

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.

Player's Age

Under 3

3-6

7-11

12-15

16-17

18 and over

PS Vita parental control setting

1

2

3

5

7

9

In South Africa, the ratings body the Film & Publication Board rates game content. For further information on FBP please visit their site.

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 touch and hold the home screen then tap the application icon. The restriction level will then be displayed in the Parental Control field.

If an application or content works with the PlayStation Vita system parental controls, the parental control level appears in the [Parental Control] field.  

How do I restrict the use of games and video content?

From the PlayStation Vita system home screen go to [Parental Controls] > [Games] > and adjust the slider to the desired restriction level.  The default level is 9 which equates to an 18 age rating.  Change it to suit the age of the youngest child in your home.  See the above tables. 

How do I restrict Play Duration?

From the PlayStation Vita system home screen go to [Parental controls] > [Play Duration] > Set the amount of time the child can play each day.

How do I restrict access to the PlayStation Store?

From the PlayStation Vita system home screen go to [Parental Controls] > [Features] > [PlayStation] Store and select ‘blocked’ to disable use of the PlayStation Store.

How do I restrict the use of Location data?

This setting allows the use of location data. If certain apps (i.e., near, maps, etc.) require the use of location data, then they cannot be used.

From the PlayStation Vita system home screen go to [Parental Controls] > [Features] > [Location Data] and select ‘blocked’ to disable use of location data in all applications.

How do I restrict the use of Internet Browser?

You can restrict access to the internet browser to prevent a child using the Internet through the PlayStation Vita. This will not prevent the launch of some applications that use the internet.

From the PlayStation Vita system home screen go to [Parental Controls] > [Features] > [Browser] and select ‘blocked’ to disable use of the Internet Browser on the PlayStation Vita.

How do I change or recover a forgotten passcode?

To change your Passcode you will need to know your current passcode before it can be changed.

  1. From the PlayStation Vita system home screen go to [Parental Controls] > [Parental Controls] > [Change Passcode]
  2. If you have forgotten your Passcode you must restore your PlayStation Vita system.
  3. To restore your PlayStation Vita go to [Parental Controls] [Settings] > [Format] > [Restore This 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

 
 
 
 

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