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Published on Oct 10, 2021
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Sophia Clark

How to Set up PS4 Parental Controls?

If your child is a gamer, for them, there is nothing better than PS4. Give your gamer child PS4 without any time limitation; they can spend hours without getting bored. PS4 has not just been a gaming device; it has also been a hobby of many tweens and teens.

PS4 was initially introduced in 2013, and its hype has been increasing due to its reasonable price. The popularity of the PS4 is also due to the exclusive games that it provides. PS4 has not just been popular among teens and tweens, and it is equally loved by adults as well, and it’s because of the wide range of games available.

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Even though everyone loves the PS4, you cannot overlook that your kids can be pretty addicted to this gaming device. Many parents are fed up with their kids as they spend more time on their PS4 than required. Even though you set time limits, your kids can trick you and play games on PS4.

This is one of the reasons you need to set parental control on PS4. Another reason parents use parental control on PS4 is that many video games on PS4 are not suitable for young kids.

Some games might have inappropriate contents which are not suitable for kids. PS4 has also been categorizing its games based on their content restriction.

Ways To Set Up Parental Controls For PS4

You can get built-in parental control in Sony devices to provide internet safety and restrict access from mature content. Here are some of the ways to set up parental control for ps4:

Use Passcode for System Restriction

You can set a passcode on your child’s PS4 to restrict them from using the gaming device when you are not around them. Setting a passcode in PS4 will also restrict your tweens and teens from changing settings when you are not around them. Here’s how you can set system restriction passcode:

  • Step 1: Go to “Setting” of PlayStation
  • Step 2: Click on “Parental Control/ Family Management.”
  • Step 3: Select “System Restriction.”
  • Step 4: By default, the PS4 Passcode is “0000”, which you need to enter.
  • Step 5: Now, you are set to change the system restriction passcode that you can remember.

Using this method, you can set parental control for other users in your PS4 if you have multiple users on your game console.

Create Your Child’s Account

You can create multiple accounts on the PS4, for which you need to pay $0.50 at first. Here’s how you can create sub-account or multiple accounts in your PlayStation 4:

  • Step 1: Navigate to “Setting.”
  • Step 2: Click on “Parental Control/ Family Management.”
  • Step 3: You can get a brief description of multiple member/ family systems if you add multiple users for the first time. Select “Set Up Now” to set up multiple users.

(If you have multiple users from the beginning, the system will navigate to another screen, skipping the third step.)

  • Step 4: Click on “Create User.”
  • Step 5: To set your child’s account, type your child’s name and date of birth. And click on “Next.”
  • Step 6: Now, accept the agreement to further continue adding users.

( For adding multiple users for 1st time, you need to pay $0.50, which will be added to your PlayStation wallet)

  • Step 7: Confirm your Payment by clicking on Verify.
  • Step 8: Finally, click on ok, and continue.

Use Play Time Restrictions Mode

No parents want their kids to play video games anytime they want. You might want to restrict the playtime of your kids and allow them to play at specific times. If you want to enable time setting for ps4 games for kids, follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Step 1: Once you set up parental controls in your PS4, click on the time zone and confirm it.

(A page will be displayed which enable you to set time limits on the device usage)

  • Step 2: To enable time restrictions right now, click on the Restrict box, which you can find near Play Time Restriction.
  • Step 3: Now, you can customize time restrictions for every day or set the same for every day.

(If you want to set time, later on, click on Do this Later)

  • Step 4: Next, you need to select the action taken when your child plays PS4 even after the time limit is over. For this, you can either select send notification every five minutes or select log out automatically.
  • Step 5: Finally, Confirm.

Restrict From Creating Guest Profile

No doubt, kids these days are way more intelligent than their parents. Your child can bypass PS4 parental control by creating a guest profile. Here’s how you can restrict creating a guest profile on your kids’ PS4:

  • Step 1: Go to “Setting.”
  • Step 2: Navigate to “Parental Controls/ Family Management.”
  • Step 3: Click on “PS4 System Restriction.”
  • Step 4: Enter passcode for system restriction.
  • Step 5: Click on “New User Creation and Guest Login” and click on “Not Allowed.”

Disabling the Chat Feature

The PS4 system also allows its user to communicate with other players while playing games. It is ok to let your child communicate with their peers while playing games. But sometimes, your child can add random strangers to communicate, which can be dangerous if the strangers have bad intentions. You never know who your kids end up conversing with; thus, it’s better to disable the chat feature inPS4. To disable the chat feature on your child’s PS4, follow the step given below:

  • Step 1: Navigate to “Setting.”
  • Step 2: Click on “Parental Controls/ Family Management.”
  • Step 3: Enter your Passcode.
  • Step 4: Click on your child’s account and click on the “Application/ Device/ Network feature.”
  • Step 5: Select either to “allow your Kids to Communicate” “view other players’ contents” or to disallow to communicate and view contents.
  • Step 6: Click on Restrict and Save.

Restrict Contents

Filtering for online content is essential as all the contents available are not appropriate for children. PS4 allows its users to restrict content by following the steps given below:

  • Step 1: Open your PS4 “Setting.”
  • Step 2: Click on “Parental Controls/ Family Management.”
  • Step 3: Enter your Passcode.
  • Step 4: Tap on your “Child’s Account.”
  • Step 5: Click on “Applications/ Devices/ Network Features.”
  • Step 6: Tap on Contents you want to restrict.
  • Step 7: Go down to “Use of Internet Browser” click on “Not Allowed.”
  • Step 8: Finally, Save the Changes.

Restrict In-Purchase Feature

You can restrict monthly spending limits in PS4 by following the steps given below:

  • Step 1: Go to “Setting.”
  • Step 2: Click on “Parental Controls and Family Management.”
  • Step 3: Tap on your “Child’s Account.”
  • Step 4: Select “Application/ Device feature.”
  • Step 5: Now, set a monthly spending limit or enter $0 if you want to block the in-purchase feature.
  • Step 6: Save the Changes.

Video Game Rating System of PS4 That You Should Know

With video gaming ratings, you can get a basic idea about the content of video games and decide which games are appropriate for your kids. Sony has a video rating system based on the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). Sony parental rates their contents based on 1-11 numbers; here’s the rating system of PS4:

  • Level 0: It’s for rating pending, which is also shown as ESRB RP.
  • Level 2: Children’s contents are rated as Level 2, also known as ESRB EC.
  • Level 3: Contents suitable for everyone are rated as level 3, also referred to as ESRB E.
  • Level 4: Level 4 is for people above 10 years. This is also referred to as ESRB E10+.
  • Level 5: Contents for teens can be found in level 5, known as ESRB T.
  • Level 9: Mature contents are rated as level 9, ESRB M.
  • Level 10: Contents only for adults are found in level 10. It is known as ESRB AO.

Conclusion

To conclude, device safety has been increasingly concerned for all parents. Every parent wants to know what their kids are viewing on their device. Online safety is what parents want for their children. No parents want their children to have a lousy internet experience or be unproductive due to digital devices.

This is why parents are implementing parental control on every device of their children, even in gaming devices like PS4. Since children can get unproductive if they play PS4 for long hours, this is why parental controls are crucial for your child’s devices like mobile or PS4. Apart from that you should even teach your kids about risk of video and online gaming.

FAQ

Can You Set a Time Limit on PS4?

Yes, you can set a time limit on PS4; here’s how you can set a time limit on PS4:

  • Step 1: Click on the time zone and confirm it.
  • Step 2: Click on the Restrict box, which you can find near Play Time Restriction.
  • Step 3: Customize time restrictions for every day or set the time the same for every day.
  • Step 4: Select the action that will occur when your child plays PS4, even after the time limit is over. For this, you can either select send notification every five minutes or select log out automatically.
  • Step 5: Finally, Confirm.

Can I put a Password on My PS4?

Yes, you can put a password on ps4. Follow the given steps to add a password to your PS4:

  • Go to Settings and “Select User.”
  • Click on “Login Settings”
  • Tap on “Passcode Management”
  • Now Enter the Passcode you can remember.

How Do I Unlock My PS4?

To unlock your PS4, follow the steps given below:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap on Account Management.
  • Now at first, disable Activate as the primary option.
  • Then again, enable it.
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Sophia Clark

Sophia Clark is a writer from Sydney, kid-lit enthusiast, and mom of three kids who loves to writes about motherhood, parenting, and big feelings.