If you need help setting Parental Controls then look no further

Running an online game design company for children, I am naturally a massive advocate of online game design. Encouraging children to be creative, to problem solve, to code and interact with others in a positive and purposeful way, within reason. As fun and exciting as it can be in the home we still need to use parental controls to ensure the family has age appropriate access to games and to limit the amount of time they play for. We need to keep their play healthy and positive.

When is comes to video games age ratings are there for a reason, just as passwords and passcodes are. In addition to clear age rating symbols and descriptor icons, all of today’s consoles and handheld gaming devices offer parental controls to help families keep track of the games they are playing and how long they play for. Setting these up not only offers parents a greater degree of control but provides families an opportunity to agree how they will play games. This can then be applied to each system automatically.

A really good way to stop the family arguments about when to stop playing games is by applying time limits. Doing this will automatically stop a game once the time has elapsed.

Setting up these parental controls differs for each system and is often updated after a particular console has been released. So it’s important that you update your hardware with the latest updates, by connecting to the internet via your home wireless or wired connection.

The following links offer guidance to set-up family settings on different systems:

  • Consoles

PlayStation 4

Xbox 360

Xbox One


Wii U

  • Handhelds



PS Vita


  • Smart Phones and Tablets




Windows 7

Did you know that, according to Ofcom (2013) 40% parents have installed parental controls on home devices and 90% of them believe that their children are safer as a result.

Time’s up…


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