Setting Restrictions on PS4

PlayStation have a host of family-focused features available on PS4 to support parents in managing gameplay for younger gamers in the house.

Their Play Time Management feature keeps track of playtime for your kids and is part of their parental control system that offers a more flexible experience for families on PlayStation 4.

Here is a guide to some of the top parental control tips you can take advantage of to make your child’s gameplay more manageable.

Set-Up an Account for Your Child

First, set-up your kids’ account from Family Management. You can either create a new account for your child, or add an existing PSN account to the main family account.

All parental control settings can be customized for each child, so restrictions like age rating levels for games can be set separately. You can also keep each family member’s data separate and allow everyone to save their own game progress.

Go to [Settings] > [Parental Controls/Family Management].

Select [Family Management], you will asked to enter your PSN password again.

Follow onscreen instructions to add family members.

Managing your Children’s Game Time

The PlayStation Play Time Management feature allows you to manage your children’s game time, this allows you to set timing parameters by day, or a set period of time.

Go to [Settings] > [Parental Controls/Family Management] > [Family Management] or log into your PlayStation account online to monitor and manage your child’s game time each day.

Apply timing restrictions to make sure that the child is only playing for a set amount of time.

Your child will receive notifications during gameplay so that he or she knows when they should save and quit. You have the option to add extra game time via your smartphone or PC.

You can also select an option to automatically log your child out of their account once their set time is over.

Setting Age Restrictions for Games

You can customize the age rating levels for games, to ensure the games your children are playing age-appropriate. Be sure the check the ESRB rating for each game title.

To update your children’s age restrictions, please follow the steps from PlayStation below:

Go to [Settings] > [Parental Controls/Family Management] > [Family Management].

Select the user you want to set the age level for, then select [Parental Controls].

Scroll down to [Age Level for Games] and press the [X] button.

Choose the age rating level you would like to set on this account.

Set Restrictions using passcodes

You can add an extra layer of security by setting a System Restriction Passcode on your PS4.

This prevents other users from logging into your account to make changes to parental controls, or view unauthorized content.

To add a passcode, please follow the steps from PlayStation below:

Go to [Settings] > [Parental Controls/Family Management].

Select [PS4 System Restrictions].

You’ll be prompted to enter the default passcode before changing to a new one. The default passcode is “0000.”

Set a Monthly Spending Limit

To limit or completely restrict your children’s in-game purchases, you can set monthly spending limits.

Please see guidance on how to do this from PlayStation below:

Go to [Settings] > [Parental Controls/Family Management] > [Family Management].

Select the family member you wish to set a spending limit for.

Go to [Parental Controls] > [Monthly Spending Limit], and choose the maximum dollar amount.

Restrict Access to Network Features

You can restrict your children from communicating with other players online, or viewing content created by other players.

Simply follow the directions from PlayStation below:

Go to [Settings] > [Parental Controls/Family Management] > [Family Management].

Select the user you want to set parental controls for, then select [Parental Controls].

Restrict the Internet Browser

You can also completely restrict your children from going online, allowing them to only play the game.

Here are some simple steps from PlayStation to set it up:

Go to [Settings] > [Parental Controls/Family Management] > [Family Management].

Select the user you want to apply Internet Browser restrictions.

Scroll down to ‘Use of Internet Browser’ and press the [X] button.

Select ‘Not Allowed’ to restrict this family member from accessing the Internet via the PS4 system’s web browser.

If you would like more guidance on this from PlayStation, please click here.

Posted on 8th Sep 2022 by Laura

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