How to Use Parental Controls on the Wii - dummies

How to Use Parental Controls on the Wii

By Amy Lupold Bair

The Wii can be loads of fun without the worry. The Wii allows you to access parental controls, accessed via password, to manage everything from online purchases through Wi-Fi to the game ratings that may be played.

Using your Wii Remote and the A button selector, do the following:

  1. Turn on the console and go to the Wii Menu.

  2. Select Wii Options and then Wii Settings.

  3. Click the blue arrow to the right to gain access to the Wii System Settings 2 menu choices.

  4. Select Parental Controls and then choose Yes.


  5. Create a 4-digit PIN and then select OK.

  6. Select a secret question to answer — and the answer — (in case you forget your PIN) and then select OK.

  7. Select Game Settings and PIN.

    Here, you can select the game ratings allowed to be played on your Wii console.

  8. Select OK and then select Confirm.

  9. Select Other Settings to set limits for additional features, including

    • Internet Channel: Restrict use of the Internet browser.

    • News Channel: Control access to the News Channel.

    • Online Communication and User Created Content: Control the sending and receiving of messages from the Wii console and in online game play. This area may also be used to restrict access to user-created content: that is, any aspect of a game that has been created by a user.

    • Use of Points: Wii Points are used in the Wii Shop Channel to purchase game downloads. Use this section to require a 4-digit PIN before the use of points. You may want to include a section in your Digital Family Policy to address who funds the points on your Wii account. Can your children earn access to these points? Will they use their own money to fund this account?

  10. Select Settings Complete to complete the process.

If you forget your PIN, contact Nintendo Technical Support at 1-800-255-3700.