The Complete Guide to Nintendo 3DS Parental Controls
Step 1: Set up Clean DNS on your home’s network.
Remember, you are responsible for every digital click on your home’s network, and so for every device that uses your home’s WiFi network, have something in place to monitor who’s connected to your WiFi and control where they’re going. Two popular options for parents are:
- OpenDNS – we’ve provided set-up details (FREE).
- Circle with Disney – by far the most popular parental control device on the market ($$ to purchase).
- Clean Browser – similar to OpenDNS, you can set Clean Browsing’s clean DNS and block most known porn domains (FREE). Read all about it in our extremely popular DNS blog post.
We’ve recently found OpenDNS to be glitchy with our internet service, which is why we’ve moved to Clean Browsing’s clean DNS for every device in our home, including the router.
Step 2: Configure Nintendo 3DS Parental Controls.
The 3DS has parental controls that you to do three primary things:
- Restrict game rating
- Disable internet access
- Restrict Nintendo 3DS Store Purchases
To do any of these, first go to the “System Settings” icon on the home menu (the wrench) and then select “Parental Controls”:
If you haven’t already set a pin, then the DS will prompt you to create a 4-digit pin (don’t forget this) and then select “Set Restrictions.”
From there, you will see the three options already mentioned. If this is a young internet user, then consider turning off web browsing by clicking “Internet Browser,” and then “Restrict.” If you want to set a maximum software rating or control Nintendo 3DS Shopping Services (might be smart!), then just click through each of those selections.
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