Company Website: What is Wii U?
The Wii U is the 2012 successor to the wildly popular Nintendo Wii gaming console. It’s the first Nintendo system to support HD graphics, designed to compete with the Sony Playstation 4 and Xbox One. According to Wikipedia: “The system’s primary controller is the Wii U GamePad, which features an embedded touchscreen, and combines directional buttons, analog sticks, and action buttons. The screen can be used either as a supplement to the main display or in supported games, to play the game directly on the GamePad independently of the television.”
Wii U Set-up Step 1: Set up OpenDNS on your home’s router (this is necessary in order to filter web content, since the Wii U doesn’t have a content filter of its own, yet it obviously does connect to the Internet). It does allow you to block their internet browser altogether, but without something on the browser, there’s no way to filter content if you allow the browser to remain in use.
Wii U Step 2: There is a decent suit of parental controls for turning off the browser (recommended), setting time limits (recommended), and setting game rating limits (recommended). It’s a lengthy process, but worth the time to set it up correctly, once. You can read about the controls in this article, or watch the video below.
Note: If you forget the 4-digit pin and your answer to the secret question, you can reset the parental controls, but it will require a $0.50 payment to Nintendo by credit card. This means it’s possible for a kid to hack the parental controls, but the need for a credit card does help as a mild deterrent to young kids.