Intro: The gaming systems today are absolutely fantastic pieces of tech. Compare them to the Atari 2600 of yesterday! But, there are risks. Yes, pedophiles use gaming devices to reach out to kids. Please follow the steps below to set up parental controls on your Playstation 4. Please don’t ever forget that the PlayStation is connected to the world-wide web!
Step 1: Set up OpenDNS on your home’s router.
Step 2: Set up parental controls on the gaming system, which Sony does a really nice job of explaining here.
In the February 2018 System Software Update, Sony added much-needed time management controls. Per the Sony website:
“Notifications will be sent to children during gameplay so that they know when they should save and quit. The family managers/guardians can also set the PS4 to log out once the playtime session is over, and increase or decrease game time on the go, via the web portal.”
Note: it is possible to bypass a parental control passcode by initializing (resetting) the console. This deletes all user profiles and is essentially a factory reset. This means parents will have to call this out and if by inspecting the device, notice any changes in user accounts, there are consequences.
We wrote about Sony’s virtual reality headset, which is just the beginning of what is going to become a massive VR market. Yes, an unbelievable piece of technology, but the twisted ways it can be used really give us concern. Parents, please be informed and read the blog post.
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