PlayStation 4 (including VR)
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 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).
- CleanBrowsing – 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 PlayStation 4 Parental Controls.
Sony does a nice job with its explanation.
Related support article: PlayStation 4 Parental Controls Explanation
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.