This is the first in a series of blog entries to help guide parents in setting up restrictions for their children who play video games on a game console. Whether that is the PS3, Xbox, Wii or Nintendo DS, etc.
This can be confusing because now most game consoles allow online access to play with other players via the Internet.
Here is a summary for the Sony Playstation 3 that the experts "What They Play" have laid out as the 10 Things Parents Need to Know About PlayStation Network. To read the full article and see screen shots of the consoles set up menus, please visit "What They Play."
1. Set the basic parental controls from the main menu of the PS3. Scroll to "Settings" and enter the "Security Options." This would include a password and assign a restriction level between 1 & 11 as 1 is the most restrictive.
Understand that each video game is given a rating E-Everyone, M-Mature, etc. So setting access for your child would most likely take the rating of 3-Everyone. Remember you can buy games that are for our younger children under Age 6.
2. Designate the age of the child by entering their birth date in the Account Settings screen.
3. This is a direct quote from "What They Play's" website: "Because other players may say inappropriate or hurtful things during games, parents may opt to utilize the "Restrict chat with other users" option in the sub-account settings, which prevents users from using text, voice, and video chat, both in-game and from the PlayStation 3 menu."
Read the entire article to learn more about Sony Playstation purchases on their online store as well as the playable demos to view before your purchase.
We hope you make age appropriate video game purchases for your children this holiday season.