How to Use Parental Controls on the PS3 - dummies

How to Use Parental Controls on the PS3

By Amy Lupold Bair

The PS3 gives parents a good level of control and ability to modify what your children can do. The following content can be restricted via the Parental Controls settings on the PS3:

  • Games: Restrict games by ESRB rating level.

  • DVDs: Restrict DVD viewing by standard movie ratings (PG, PG-13, and so on).

  • Blu-ray Disc: Restrict viewing Blu-ray discs that exceed a certain rating category.

  • Website Browsing: Restrict the capability to launch the Internet browser, and also use a web-filtering service to check the appropriateness of displayed websites. Fees may apply for using this filter.

  • PlayStation Network: Restrict chat usage and set monthly setting limits.

Here’s how to access the PS3 Parental Controls:

  1. Turn on your console and go to the XMB home menu.

  2. Go to Settings and select Security Settings.

  3. Select Change Password.

    From here, you change the password required access restricted content.

    You can also set the following:

    • BD Parental Control: Select this to change the Blu-Ray disc content limits.

    • DVD Parental Control: Change the restriction level for DVD viewing.

    • Parental Control: Restrict game play according to ESRB rating.

    • Internet Browser Start Control: Require a password to launch the PS3 Internet Browser.

If you forget your PS3 Parental Control password, choose Settings→System Settings→Restore Default Settings to reset the password to 0000. Then, you’ll need to reset all Parental Control settings.

Xbox 360 parental controls may be customized according to game, movie, and television content access. Settings can be altered for both the Xbox 360 console and the Xbox LIVE network. Controls may even be set to control how long each family member may use the console, with time limits set according to both daily and weekly limits.