About the GRA

Welcome to the Games Rating Authority

The Games Rating Authority (GRA) is the games rating arm of the Video Standards Council and licences the release of video games rated PEGI 12, 16 and 18 in the UK.  These ratings are mandatory and enforceable under UK law and cannot be sold or hired to persons below the respective age restrictions. 
 
The GRA is able to perform this task as a Co-Administrator of the Pan European Game Information (PEGI) rating system.  In addition to the UK responsibility, the GRA also rates games for 30+ territories in Europe.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Parents / Carers 

At the Games Rating Authority we are committed to providing as much helpful information as we can about video game ratings.  We can’t tell you how good, bad or indifferent a video game might be, but we will supply detailed content information (the amount and type of violence, bad language, sex, etc, in a game), so that you can be absolutely certain you are making the correct purchasing decision. Use the 'search for games' function above to find out more information about a particular game.

This section of the website is dedicated to consumers and assumes you have limited or no prior experience of playing video games – we’ll also try to be jargon and acronym-free!

If, after searching through the site, you still haven’t found the answer to your question, then get in touch with us directly.  We’ll be happy to help.
 
 

 

The Age Ratings

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PEGI 3

 
The majority of games in this category do not contain anything that requires rating or warrants a content warning. Games given this rating are considered suitable for all age groups.
 
Some violence in a comical context or child-friendly setting is acceptable, as is nudity when shown in a completely natural and non-sexual manner such as breast feeding.
 

 

 PEGI 7

 
Any game that would normally be rated at 3 but contains some possibly frightening scenes or sounds may be considered suitable in this category.
 
A little more violence is permissible at PEGI 7. It is always unrealistic and often directed towards fantasy characters, though very mild non-realistic violence to humans may also feature. Implied violence (for example the bombing of a city where violence is not seen directly) is also dealt with at this level.

PEGI 12

 
At a PEGI 12 level more graphic and realistic looking violence towards fantasy characters is allowed. Any violence towards human characters must look unrealistic unless it consists of only minor or trivial injury such as a slap. 
Sexual posturing of the type often seen in music videos is also allowed at this level as is sexual innuendo.
 
Some bad language is allowed but it can be no more than mild swearing. 
PEGI 12 is the minimum rating a game which teaches or encourages gambling can receive, though the descriptor also appears on PEGI 16 and PEGI 18 games.
 
A game at this level may feature horror content such as strong threat and dread or graphic injury details.

PEGI 16

 
At the 16 level you can expect to see more mature and realistic violence against human characters. The game may deal heavily with death and injury to humans. Gory and bloody violence may be included at a PEGI 16 level but only if the game is arcade style. 
Sexual activity can be shown but it must not include visible genitals. Depictions of erotic nudity may feature.
 
The worst forms of bad language can be heard and will often include sexual expletives. 
The use of tobacco and alcohol may be encouraged, and the game can feature the use of illegal drugs. The game could glamorise crime. 

PEGI 18

 
The adult classification is applied when the level of violence becomes gross. Gross violence is classed as horrific methods of bringing death or severe injury, including torture, decapitation or dismemberment.
 
Violence against vulnerable characters such as children and the elderly may feature, along with motiveless violence against multiple innocents. Sexual violence and threat are also classified at PEGI 18.
 
The game may include detailed descriptions of criminal techniques, or it may glamorise the use of illegal drugs.
 
Sexual activity with visible genital organs can be shown. 

How games are examined

Content declaration questionnaire

 
The first part of a rating is the PEGI questionnaire from which the game developer declares what the game contains. This can be found here.
 
This covers elements such as violence, sexual content, bad language, drug use and more.  After completing this questionnaire the developer is then provided with a provisional rating that can be used for advertising.
 
The next stage is for the developer to provide us with evidence for their questionnaire answers which includes video footage and a copy of the game.  These are then examined thoroughly to ensure that the questionnaire was accurate.
 
This process has been specifically developed for games, as it would be impossible for an examiner to sit and play every aspect of every game we receive, given the mutlitude of possible scenarios that modern games can deliver to players.  Take Grand Theft Auto V for example, here it would take weeks if not months to see every element the game contains.  By being told the most notable elements in each game we can be sure that the rating isn't lower than it should be due to something that may have been missed.
 

The responsibility lies with the developer to ensure that all pertinent content has been declared. If they fail to do so and a game is given a lower rating than it should have, they could face a fine of up to €500,000. They would also have an illegal product for sale and would have to withdraw it from sale.
 
 
 
Click the Video examination tab to see the next stage

Video footage examination

 
Developers must provide us with video evidence of their declaration answers.
This video footage is then assessed and analysed to see if there was anything missed or misinterpreted from the questionnaire, before examining the game itself.
 
In addition to this developers are also required to send all cinematic videos or 'cut-scenes' seperately.  Quite often the violence depicted in these can be more extreme than during the actual gameplay.
 
If we find something in the video footage that doesn’t match the questionnaire we contact the game company to inform them of a potential change in the age rating. This also gives them the opportunity to edit parts of the game if they wish to keep a certain rating.
 
 
Click the Game examination tab to see the next stage
 
 

Game examination

 
The final stage is the examination of the game itself.  Typically we are sent beta versions of the game.  These are content complete, but unlike the final product they still have menus left in for development purposes.  These allow the player to skip levels, acquire better weapons and become invincible.  We then use these functions to quickly progress through the game when needed to get to the most pertinent parts.
 
An important aspect of testing the game itself is to try out things that may not have been shown in the video.  For instance investigating the physical effects of different weapons or exploring all the ways in which your character can be harmed. 
 
A complete examination takes between 5 and 10 working days, after which the developer is sent their formal licence containing the rating symbols they must use.  In addition to the age rating there are also content labels to explain to the consumer why the game attained its rating.
 
 
 
What qualifications do the examiners have?
 
They were each handpicked for their down-to-earth, well-grounded analytical skills rather than their extensive expertise in playing games for example.
 
 
 
Isn't the GRA a new company?
 
The name is new but it is a trading name for the game rating activities of the Video Standards Council.

The VSC has been involved in rating video games for a lot of years.

Prior to 1994 there was no system available for use in rating video games. The small number of games that contained extreme material, the equivalent of an 18 rating, were in fact rated by the BBFC using film rating methodology.

In 1994 the games industry introduced a voluntary rating system, known as the ELSPA System, which was used for all games other than those that were required to be legally rated by the BBFC. The ELSPA system therefore covered the vast majority of games being sold.

The VSC administered the ELSPA system and was responsible for applying the ratings.

The ELSPA system was superseded by the PEGI system in 2003 and the VSC has been a joint administrator of PEGI since its inception.

So, although the name is new, the GRA brings with it a lot of video game rating experience.
 
 
 
Has anything been banned by the GRA?
 
To date we have not refused a UK certificate for any game.  
 

Parental Controls

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Xbox One

Xbox 360

PS4

PS3

PS Vita

PSP

Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo Wii U

XBox One

 
 
 
Unlike the console-based parental controls on the Xbox 360, which applied the same content restrictions regardless of whether the user was an adult or a child, Xbox One tailors content limits to each user. This functionality, however, requires each user to be signed in with an account. Microsoft recommends that each user of the Xbox One console has their own account. The good news is that, unlike the Xbox 360, each user does not require their own Xbox Live account to play online multi-player gaming because Microsoft’s Home Console Sharing allows all users on one console to share a single Xbox Live account.

When you add an account onto the Xbox One, you will be given the option as to how secure you wish this account and its features to be:

•    Make it fast, magic it magic
Step in front of the Kinect and you are signed in, ready to play. On this Xbox, people can sign you in, change your settings and buy things without extra steps.

•    Check that it is me*
Step in front of the Kinect and you are signed in, ready to play. We will ask for your passkey before you buy things or change your settings, or if you sign in without being recognised.

•    Lock it down
To sign in, buy things, or change your settings, you will need to enter your Microsoft account password.

*Microsoft recommends this as a default for all adult accounts.

Default Settings
When signed in to an Xbox One console, a range of default settings are applied based on the details of the account holder:

Aged 7 years or younger
Accounts are automatically restricted but they can be modified by any adult in the family group.
Content restrictions to games, movies, and apps are applied according to their age.
Web filtering is set to ‘General Interest’.
Explicit channel descriptions in OneGuide are off.
Purchases are blocked.

Aged 8 to 17
Restrictions can be modified by any adult in the family group.
Other users can see the account holder’s full profile.
No content restrictions to games, movies, or apps are applied.
Web filtering is set to ‘Online Communications’.
Explicit channel descriptions in OneGuide are off.
Purchases are blocked.

Aged 18 and above
Adult profiles are not restricted in any way, and online purchases are permissible.

There are two methods to setting up the parental controls on your Xbox One:
•    The ‘Family’ feature enables you to group user accounts together on a console.
All adults in a family group can change the parental controls for all teenagers and children within the group, but they cannot make modifications to any other adults’ accounts.
Teenagers and children can view their parental control settings but cannot modify them.
If there is an adult account on the console that you do not wish to be able to make modifications to others accounts, you can remove their account from the family group, without removing their account from the console.
If an adult account is added to the console but not added to the family group, they will not be able to make modifications to any accounts parental control settings but their own.

•    Alternatively, you can log into each account on the console and restrict them individually. Each account will have the ability to modify their parental control settings although ‘Locked Down’ accounts will require their account password.


Family Group Parental Controls
1.    To begin setting up the parental controls, sign in to your account (not your child’s account).

2.    In the ‘Settings’ menu, you should see ‘Family’, and any accounts that are linked in your family group.


3.    If there are no other accounts in your family group select ‘Add to family’ and add the accounts you wish to restrict either from those existing on your console or create new accounts.

4.    Select the child account that you wish to modify and input the account password if requested. You’ll then be shown the current content restrictions and privacy settings for that account.

5.    Continue on to ‘Manage Account Settings’.



Individual Account Parental Controls
1.    To begin setting up the parental controls, sign in to the account you wish to restrict.

2.    In the ‘Settings’ menu, you should see ‘Privacy & online safety’. You’ll then be shown the current content restrictions and privacy settings for that account.


3.    Continue on to ‘Manage Account Settings’.

Manage Account settings
This is split into two sections, ‘Privacy’ and ‘Content Restrictions’, with multiple subsections.

Privacy
Select from one of four options:
1.    Child defaults – More private

2.    Teen defaults – Moderate

3.    Adult defaults – More social

4.    Custom – This opens up a full list of choices regarding what others and you can do on this account. Each option is clearly explained.
 
 
Others can:
•    See if you are online:
Decide who can see that you are online and what you are doing, to find out if you are available to play.

•    Show what you are watching or listening to:
Decide if others can see the live TV and on-demand videos you are watching and the music you are listening to right now. If you block online status, this is also blocked.

•    Communicate with voice and text:
Decide who to communicate with on Xbox Live using voice and text.

•    See your Xbox profile:
Decide who can see info you choose to add to your Xbox profile.

•    See your game and app history:
Decide who can see your game and app history.

•    See your live TV & on-demand video history:
Decide who can see what live TV and on-demand videos you watched.

•    See your music history:
Decide who can see what music you listened to.

•    See your friends list:
Decide who can see your friends list.

•    See your game clips:
Decide who can see the game clips you make.

•    See your exercise info:
Decide who can see your exercise stats, which include calories burned, time played, and physical activity feedback in certain Kinect games.
 


You can:
•    Buy and download:
Decide what content to allow to buy and download.

•    Join multiplayer games:
Decide to allow or block joining multiplayer games on Xbox Live.

•    Use video for communications:
Decide who to communicate with on Xbox Live using video.

•    Add friends:
Decide to allow or block the ability to add friends on Xbox Live.

•    Share my real name:
Decide whether friends can see your name. You can choose specific friends from your profile.

•    Share my real name with friends of friends:
Decide whether friends of friends can see your name.

•    See details about other people:
Other people can choose to share info like their name, bio, and motto. Whose would you like to see?

•    See content other people have made:
Other people can make and share content. Whose would you like to see? Content already downloaded is not affected.

•    Share game clips:
Decide to allow or block game clip uploads to Xbox Live.

•    Share content made using Kinect:
Decide to allow or block sharing content you create with Kinect outside of Xbox Live.

•    Share outside of Xbox Live:
Decide to allow or block sharing of activity and content from Xbox One to public social networks.

•    Broadcast gameplay:
Decide to allow or block whether you can initiate live broadcasting of your game.

•    Share voice data:
Send samples of my voice data to Microsoft to help improve Microsoft products and services. This information will be associated with my Xbox profile and will not be used for anything else.


Content Restriction
Here there are four subsections for you to go through:
1.    Access to content – Access to content and apps.
Select from ‘Unrestricted’ to ‘Appropriate up to age (3-18)’.

    
2.    Web filtering – Use web filtering to help limit the types of content this person can go to on the internet, and turn on SafeSearch.


Select from:
•    Allow list only – Only websites a parent has added to the Allow list on Xbox.com
•    Designed for children – Includes above, and allows websites designed for children while blocking adult sites
•    General interest – Includes above, and allows general-interest websites while blocking adult sites
•    Basic communication – Includes above, and allows social networking, web chat, and web mail while blocking adult sites
•    Warn on adult – Allows all content, and shows a warning before browsing to adult sites
•    Turned off – No web filtering

3.    Descriptions in OneGuide – Allow descriptions of explicit TV programming in OneGuide? The descriptions of some adult TV programs may be explicitly sexual, violent, or otherwise objectionable. We block descriptions of adult TV programming by default.


4.    Contact preferences


•    Send me offers from Xbox – Send you info and offers about music, video, and games from Xbox.
•    Send me offers from other companies – Decide if products partnered with Xbox, like games and accessories, can send info and promotional offers to your Microsoft account.



Repeat these steps with any further individual accounts or accounts in your family group on which you wish to set up Parental Controls.

For further information or support please visit Microsoft at http://support.xbox.com/en-GB/my-account/security/xbox-one-manage-privacy-and-online-safety.

XBox 360

 
 
 
The Xbox 360 console lets you customise and manage your family’s access to games, films and television content. The Xbox 360 parental controls can be use to control the console itself and access to Xbox Live.
Parental controls allow you to restrict content such as:
•    Games, films, and TV shows.
•    Access to Xbox Live.
•    How long each family member can use the console on a daily or weekly basis.

You can also modify the online safety and privacy settings for your account or a younger family members account.
This enables you to:
•    Allow or block access to Internet Explorer on the Xbox 360.
•    Determine who can see your online profile.
•    For parents, determine if your approval is required for your child to send or received friend requests.


Parental Controls
The parental control features on the Xbox 360 require you to be signed into an account on the console. This can be a completely new account, or your Xbox Live account from another Microsoft console.

Parental Controls can usually be found either on the home screen, or in the system or security settings. Their exact location and options available are subject to change with system updates. We advise that you periodically review the parental controls to ensure they still meet your security requirements. For the latest information, refer to Microsoft at http://support.xbox.com/en-GB/xbox-360/security/xbox-live-parental-control.

1.    Power on your console and sign in to the account you wish to modify.

2.    From the ‘home’ screen, scroll right to ‘settings’ and select ‘Family’.

3.    Turn ‘Content Controls’ on to change settings and content restrictions, manage Xbox Live access, and use Family Timer.


Ratings and Content
Here you can restrict games, movies, and TV shows by age rating, manage game exceptions, and decide whether you want unrated content or explicit music and music videos to be playable on this console.

*Ratings don’t apply to advertisements.

•    Game Ratings
These can help you decide which games can be played on this console. Only games with the selected rating level or lower can be played.
Some Indie games aren’t reviewed by a ratings board.
To learn about Pan-European Game Information (PEGI) ratings, visit www.pegi.info.

Choose to allow your console to play All Games, or games rated PEGI 18/BBFC 18, PEGI 16, BBFC 15, PEGI 12/BBFC 12, BBFC PG, PEGI 7, BBFC U, or PEGI 3.

•    Game Exceptions
Manage up to 25 games that bypass this console’s game ratings settings. Game exceptions don’t require a pass code to play.


•    Movie Ratings
These can help you decide which movies can be played on this console. Only movies with the selected rating level or lower can be played.

Not all movies are encoded with a rating. Un-encoded movies are controlled by the ‘Unrated Content’ control.
Choose to allow your console to play All Movies, R18, 18, 15, 12, PG, U, & Uc.

•    Explicit Content
Here you can decide whether music and music videos tagged as ‘explicit’ can be played on this console by selecting either ‘Allowed’ or ‘Blocked’.

Content providers may not consistently tag all explicit music and music videos.

•    Unrated Content
Here you can decide whether to allow unrated games, DVD’s and videos to be played on this console by selecting either ‘Allowed’ or ‘Blocked’.

Some games, apps, DVD’s, and videos are not rated or reviewed by a ratings board. Not all DVD’s and videos contain rating info and are considered unrated. This content won’t play if ‘Unrated Content’ is blocked.


Family Timer
Spending too much time playing games? Use this setting to limit the amount of play time used on this console. Select either a daily or weekly time range and then apply your limit within that range.



Xbox Live Access
Permit access to Xbox Live on this console by selecting either ‘Allowed’ or ‘Blocked’.

You need a high-speed internet connection and a valid Xbox Live membership to play on Xbox Live.

Xbox Live is Microsoft's online service for gaming and content distribution for the Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One consoles.
•    The Silver level is free and lets you download things from the Xbox Live Marketplace, chat with friends, and share your gamer profile with other users. You can't play games online, however.

•    The Gold Level is a subscription-based service that gives you all of the Silver level benefits along with the ability to play games online, earlier access to downloadable content, and discounts on games and other media available from Xbox Live Marketplace. You can either buy subscription cards at retail stores or you can use your credit/debit card to sign up for Xbox Live and can subscribe to 1 month, 3 month, and 1 year periods.



Xbox Live Membership Creation
Decide whether new Xbox Live memberships can be created from this console by selecting either ‘Allowed’ or ‘Blocked’.



Change Pass Code
Your pass code protects your chosen content controls and is used to override game and other content ratings. Your secret question and answer helps you reset your pass code if you forget it.



Reset to Default Settings
This will reset all content controls and remove any game exceptions.


Save and Exit
Click here when you’ve finished choosing your content controls. If you click ‘Back’, your controls will not be saved and you will have to start over again.


Privacy & Online Settings
To modify your Privacy & Online Settings: from the ‘home’ screen, scroll right to ‘settings’ and select ‘Privacy’.
 
Change settings and choose from one of four options, each with their own default settings:
1.    Adult
2.    Teen
3.    Child
4.    Custom – This opens up a full list of choices regarding what others and you can do on this account. Each option is clearly explained.

Activity
•    Voice and Text - Decide who to communicate with using voice and text on Xbox Live. This includes voice and text chat, messaging, and game invites.

•    Video Communication – Decide who to interact with using video on Xbox Live. Video communication includes Video Kinect and in-game video.

•    Web Browsing – Decide whether to browse the web with Internet Explorer.

Privacy
•    Profile Sharing – Decide who can see this profile. A profile includes motto, personal picture, name, bio, and location if you’ve provided that information.

•    Kinect Sharing – Decide whether you want content created with Kinect to be shared outside of Xbox Live. Video and Voice Communication on Video Kinect on Xbox Live are controlled by the Video Communication and Voice and Text Communication Settings.

•    Social Network Sharing – Decide whether activity on Xbox Live can be shared to social networks outside Xbox Live.

•    Game Activity – Decide who can see this person’s game activity. Game activity includes games played, stats, and achievements.

•    Online Status – Decide who can see this person’s online status. Online status includes current online activity, like what’s being played now and availability to play.

•    Video and Music Status – Decide who can see the titles of the videos or music being played. If online status is blocked, video and music status is also blocked.

•    Friends List – Decide who can see this player’s friends list. A friends list includes access to friends and their profiles

•    Voice Data Collection – Decide whether to allow Microsoft to collect samples of voice commands spoken when in Kinect games and experiences. This info helps Microsoft to improve speech recognition.

•    Voice Search Data – Decide whether to allow Microsoft to use voice search commands to improve Microsoft products.

•    Exercise Info Sharing – Includes fitness scores from calorie burn, time played, physical intensity of movement, and feedback from physical activity. Sharing with Everyone or Friends lets you use game features like leader boards and exercise challenges. To change these settings, go to Settings, Privacy. Height, weight, year of birth, and gender can be stored online but are never shared with anyone.

Content
•    Filtering – Decide whether to show only family-orientated content in Xbox experiences.

•    Profile Viewing – Decide whether to see other people’s profiles. A profile includes information about a member’s game history and achievements. It can also contain a gamer’s motto and personal info, which may be inappropriate for children.

•    Member Content – Decide whether to see member-created content on Xbox Live. Member content includes images, text, and custom content in games and profiles, which you may find inappropriate. This setting doesn’t prevent download of Indie Games.

•    Explicit Content – Decide whether to be able to play explicit music and music videos on Xbox or Windows Phone.

Contact Preferences
•    Xbox Marketing – Decide if you’d like to receive information and offers about music, videos, and games from Xbox and related entertainment providers in e-mail.

•    Partner Marketing – Decide whether to share your e-mail address with partners of Xbox and related entertainment products so they can send you information and offers.

5.    Once you’ve completed your choices, remember to ‘Save & Exit’.



For further information or support please visit Microsoft at http://support.xbox.com/en-GB/xbox-360/security/xbox-live-parental-control.

PS4

 
 
 
You can set up the PS4 to prevent access to games and videos which may not be suitable for the age of the child using the console. The parental control features on the PS4 require you to be signed into an account on the console. This can be a completely new account, or your PSN account from another PlayStation console.


PlayStation Network
If you don’t have one already, you will need to set up a PlayStation Network account to use many of the online features of the PS4.

Sony provides two types of PlayStation Network accounts, Master and sub-accounts. Master accounts are for users over 18, while sub-accounts are for users aged 7 to 17. Only a master account holder can set up a sub-account, and the master account holder is responsible for and should supervise the sub-account holder (see Terms of Service at https://www.playstation.com/en-gb/legal/ for more information). As a master account holder, you can set controls to limit what your child can see and do on the PlayStation Network.

For more information on Master and Sub Accounts please visit http://faq.en.playstation.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/169/~/sub-accounts-and-master-accounts.


Parental Controls
Parental Controls can usually be found either on the home screen, or in the system or security settings. Their exact location and options available are subject to change with system updates. We advise that you periodically review the parental controls to ensure they still meet your security requirements. For the latest information, refer to the online user's guide at http://manuals.playstation.net/document/gb/ps4/.

As these controls affect the operation of your PS4, you may, at times choose to override them to allow an adult to access content.

There are two options for setting up the parental controls on your PS4:
•    First you will need to log in to each user account on the console and restrict their access to content individually.

•    Additionally, you can choose to link your children’s accounts to your own using the Master and Sub Accounts feature which gives you the option to restrict a sub accounts access to online chat, user generated content, and monthly spending abilities.

1.    Power on your console and sign in to an account (either the Master Account if you wish to use the Sub Account Management feature or the account you want to restrict if you wish to modify their parental control settings).

2.    From the ‘home’ screen, scroll up, then right to ‘Settings’, then down to ‘Parental Controls’.


3.    Here you can choose to restrict the use of PS4 features or manage a sub account.
 
Restrict Use of PS4 Features*


*This setting applies to all users on the PS4 system.

These controls are protected by a 4-digit passcode.  We advise you not to share the passcode with your child. Change the password required to play games or videos, or to use the Internet browser.
The default passcode is: 0000.


Application
This sets the Parental Control Level for playing an application (game) that has parental control restrictions. The lower the level selected, the tighter the restriction.
1.    Select ‘Allow’ or choose from Parental Control Levels 1 to 11.


Parental Control Levels are not age ratings used by any specific rating body, and not all discs are encoded with them. For games, the Parental Control Levels correspond approximately to the following PEGI ratings:
•    PCL 1 can view content suitable for all ages but cannot view content for ages 3 and above.
•    PCL 2 can view content suitable for age 3 but cannot view content for ages 7 and above. PEGI 3.
•    PCL 3 can view content suitable for age 7 but cannot view content for ages 10 and above. PEGI 7.
•    PCL 4 can view content suitable for age 10 but cannot view content for ages 12 and above.
•    PCL 5 can view content suitable for age 12 but cannot view content for ages 15 and above. PEGI 12.
•    PCL 6 can view content suitable for age 15 but cannot view content for ages 16 and above.
•    PCL 7 can view content suitable for age 16 but cannot view content for ages 17 and above. PEGI 16.
•    PCL 8 can view content suitable for age 17 but cannot view content for ages 18 and above.
•    PCL 9 can view content suitable for age 18 but cannot view content for ages 18* and above. PEGI 18.
•    PCL 10 can view content suitable for age 18* but cannot view content for ages above 18.
•    PCL 11 can view all content.
* Applies to some video content.

Blu-Ray Disc/DVD
Blu-Ray Disc
This sets the Parental Control Level for playing a Blu-ray Disc with parental control restrictions. The lower the level selected, the tighter the restriction.
1.    Select ‘Allow’ or choose from Parental Control Levels 1 to 11.


Parental Control Levels are not age ratings used by any specific rating body, and not all discs are encoded with them. For Blu-Ray Discs, the Parental Control Levels correspond approximately to the following BBFC ratings:
•    PCL 2 = BBFC U
•    PCL 3 = BBFC PG
•    PCL 4 = BBFC 12/12A
•    PCL 5 = BBFC 15
•    PCL 7 = BBFC 18


DVD
This sets the Parental Control Level for playing a DVD with parental control restrictions. The lower the level selected, the tighter the restriction.
1.    Select ‘Allow’ or choose from Parental Control Levels 1 to 8.


Parental Control Levels are not age ratings used by any specific rating body, and not all discs are encoded with them. For DVDs, the Parental Control Levels correspond approximately to the following BBFC ratings:
•    PCL 2 = BBFC U
•    PCL 3 = BBFC PG
•    PCL 4 = BBFC 12/12A
•    PCL 5 = BBFC 15
•    PCL 7 = BBFC 18


Country or Region for Parental Control
This sets the country or region for the disc’s parental control restriction. [United States] is used for most discs.
      

Internet Browser
This restricts the ability to start the internet browser.
1.    Select ‘Allow’ or ‘Do Not Allow’.


Select [New User] and Log In to PS4
This restricts people who do not have users created on the PS4 from logging in to the PS4.
1.    Select ‘Allow’ or ‘Do Not Allow’.


Change Password
These controls are protected by a 4-digit passcode.  We advise you not to share the passcode with your child. Change the password required to play games or videos, or to use the Internet browser.
The default passcode is: 0000.



Sub Account Management


1.    Create a new Sub Account if you don’t already have any linked to this account or select the Sub Account you wish to restrict.


Create New Sub Account



Create sub accounts for children in your household to manage their online experience. You can only set parental controls for a sub account from its master account.
Use parental controls to allow or block all text, voice and video chat in games, applications and system software features, as well as access to and sharing of video and pictures created or imported by other PS4 users. Parental controls cannot prevent video capture of the sub account user’s online gameplay.
Goods and services purchased from the PlayStation Store by a sub account will be funded from the master account holder’s wallet.
Only the Master Account holder can add funds to their wallet (using a credit card or other funding option).
For more information, visit https://eu.playstation.com/parents.


1.    Create User

2.    Enter the sub account user’s language and date of birth.

3.    To create an account for your child (sub account), you must provide personal information for your child. Some Sony Entertainment Network services are provided by partners such as game publishers.
If your child accesses such services, the personal information for your child will be disclosed to these companies. If you agree to provide the personal information for your child, select [Next] to proceed.
A message will be sent from Sony Entertainment Network to the e-mail address for the master account. Follow the instructions in the message to create a sub account using a PC.


2.    Choose to modify the sub accounts parental controls, or change their password.




Parental Controls
Set parental controls to tailor this sub account user’s online experience.


1.    Chat/Message – Allow or block text, voice and video chat.
2.    User-Generated Media – Allow or block viewing and sharing of user-generated video and images.
3.    Monthly Spending Limit – Limit the total amount the sub account can spend on content in a calendar month. Funds can only be added to the wallet by the master account.
4.    For further information on any of the above options, select ‘Learn More’.


For further information please visit Sony at http://manuals.playstation.net/document/gb/ps4/.

PS3

 
 
 
You can set up the PS3 to prevent access to games and videos which may not be suitable for the age of the child using the console. The parental control features on the PS3 require you to be signed into an account on the console. This can be a completely new account, or your PSN account from another PlayStation console.


Parental Controls
Parental Controls can usually be found either on the home screen, or in the system or security settings. Their exact location and options available are subject to change with system updates. We advise that you periodically review the parental controls to ensure they still meet your security requirements. For the latest information, refer to the online user's guide at http://manuals.playstation.net/document/en/ps3/current/.

As these controls affect the operation of your PS3, you may, at times choose to override them to allow an adult to access content.

There are two options for setting up the parental controls on your PS3:
•    First you will need to log in to each user account on the console and restrict their access to content individually.
•    Additionally, you can choose to link your children’s accounts to your own using the Master and Sub Accounts feature which gives you the option to restrict a sub accounts access to online chat, user generated content, and monthly spending abilities.

1.    Power on your console and sign in to an account (either the Master Account if you wish to use the Sub Account Management feature or the account you want to restrict if you wish to modify their parental control settings).
2.    From the ‘home’ screen, scroll left to ‘settings’ and then down to ‘security settings’ to modify the Parental Controls.
Or
3.    Scroll right to PSN, sign in to your PlayStation Network account and then scroll down to Account Management to manage your Sub Account settings (see ‘Sub Account Management’).

Change Password
These controls are protected by a 4-digit passcode.  We advise you not to share the passcode with your child. Change the password required to play games or videos, or to use the Internet browser.
The default passcode is: 0000.

BD - Parental Control
This sets the Parental Control Level for Blu-ray Discs with parental control restrictions. When playing discs that come with parental control restrictions, you can adjust playback according to the age settings selected for this system.
1.    Enter your password.
2.    Select either ‘Restrict (On)’, or ‘Do Not Restrict (Off)’.
3.    If you select on, you can then select an age restriction. The lower the age selected, the higher the restriction will be. The highest restriction is for age 0. The highest age listed is 254.

BD/DVD – Parental Control Region Code
This sets the region to be used as the basis for Parental Control Levels.
1.    Enter your password, then select your country.

DVD – Parental Control
This sets the Parental Control Level for DVDs with parental control restrictions. The lower the level selected, the tighter the restriction.
1.    Enter your password.
2.    Select ‘Off’ or choose from Parental Control Levels 1 to 8.

Parental Control Levels are not age ratings used by any specific rating body, and not all discs are encoded with them. For DVDs, the Parental Control Levels correspond approximately to the following BBFC ratings:
•    PCL 2 = BBFC U
•    PCL 3 = BBFC PG
•    PCL 4 = BBFC 12/12A
•    PCL 5 = BBFC 15
•    PCL 7 = BBFC 18


Parental Control
This sets the Parental Control Level for games with parental control restrictions. The lower the level selected, the tighter the restriction.
1.    Enter your password.
2.    Select ‘Off’ or choose from Parental Control Levels 1 to 11.
3.    Restrict Starting a Game with No Parental Control Settings (tick or un-tick).
4.    Click ‘OK’.

Parental Control Levels are not age ratings used by any specific rating body, and not all discs are encoded with them. For games, the Parental Control Levels correspond approximately to the following PEGI ratings:

•    PCL 1 can view content suitable for all ages but cannot view content for ages 3 and above.
•    PCL 2 can view content suitable for age 3 but cannot view content for ages 7 and above. PEGI 3.
•    PCL 3 can view content suitable for age 7 but cannot view content for ages 10 and above. PEGI 7.
•    PCL 4 can view content suitable for age 10 but cannot view content for ages 12 and above.
•    PCL 5 can view content suitable for age 12 but cannot view content for ages 15 and above. PEGI 12.
•    PCL 6 can view content suitable for age 15 but cannot view content for ages 16 and above.
•    PCL 7 can view content suitable for age 16 but cannot view content for ages 17 and above. PEGI 16.
•    PCL 8 can view content suitable for age 17 but cannot view content for ages 18 and above.
•    PCL 9 can view content suitable for age 18 but cannot view content for ages 18* and above. PEGI 18.
•    PCL 10 can view content suitable for age 18* but cannot view content for ages above 18.
•    PCL 11 can view all content.
* Applies to some video content.


Internet Browser Start Control
This restricts the ability to start the internet browser.
1.    Enter your password.
2.    Select ‘Off’ or ‘On’.


PlayStation Network
If you don’t have one already, you will need to set up a PlayStation Network account to use many of the online features of the PS3.

Sony provides two types of PlayStation Network accounts, Master and sub-accounts. Master accounts are for users over 18, while sub-accounts are for users aged 7 to 17. Only a master account holder can set up a sub-account, and the master account holder is responsible for and should supervise the sub-account holder (see Terms of Service at https://www.playstation.com/en-gb/legal/ for more information). As a master account holder, you can set controls to limit what your child can see and do on the PlayStation Network.

For more information on Master and Sub Accounts please visit http://faq.en.playstation.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/169/~/sub-accounts-and-master-accounts.

Sub Account Management
1.    To manage Sub Accounts, or Privacy Settings go to PSN, sign in to your PlayStation Network account and then scroll down to Account Management.

Sub Account Management
1.    In Account Management, scroll down to and select Sub Account Management.
2.    Select Parental Control, enter your password and then select the Sub Account you wish to manage.
3.    Allow or block Chat messages - If you select [Do Not Allow], the sub account will still receive chat invitation messages, but the sub account will not be able to join the chat.
4.    Monthly Spending Limit – Limit the total amount the sub account can spend on content in a calendar month. Funds can only be added to the wallet by the master account.

Privacy Settings
1.    In Account Management, scroll down to and select Privacy Settings and enter your password.
2.    Receive Friend Requests from: Anyone, Friends of Friends or No One.
3.    Receive Messages from: Anyone, Friends of Friends or No One.
4.    Show your Trophies to: Anyone, Friends of Friends, Friends Only or No One.


For further information please visit http://manuals.playstation.net/document/en/ps3/current/.

PS Vita

 
 
 
You can set up the PS Vita to prevent access to games and videos which may not be suitable for the age of the child using the console. The parental control features on the PS Vita require you to be signed into an account on the console. This can be a completely new account, or your PSN account from another PlayStation console.

PlayStation Network
If you don’t have one already, you will need to set up a PlayStation Network account to use many of the online features of the PS Vita.

Sony provides two types of PlayStation Network accounts, Master and sub-accounts. Master accounts are for users over 18, while sub-accounts are for users aged 7 to 17. Only a master account holder can set up a sub-account, and the master account holder is responsible for and should supervise the sub-account holder (see Terms of Service at https://www.playstation.com/en-gb/legal/ for more information). As a master account holder, you can set controls to limit what your child can see and do on the PlayStation Network.

For more information on Master and Sub Accounts please visit http://faq.en.playstation.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/169/~/sub-accounts-and-master-accounts.

1.    To manage Sub Accounts, or Privacy Settings go to Settings, then PSN, and sign in to your PlayStation Network account.


Sub Account Management
1.    In PSN, scroll down to and select Sub Account Management, then select the Sub Account you wish to manage.

2.    Allow or block Chat messages - If you select [Do Not Allow], the sub account will still receive chat invitation messages, but the sub account will not be able to join the chat.

3.    Monthly Spending Limit – Limit the total amount the sub account can spend on content in a calendar month. Funds can only be added to the wallet by the master account.


Privacy Settings
1.    In PSN, scroll down to and select Privacy Settings.

2.    Share your Friends List with: Anyone, Friends of Friends, Friends Only or No One.

3.    Share your Activities with: Anyone, Friends of Friends, Friends Only or No One.
Activities are records of things you have done on PlayStation products (such as clearing game stages, earning trophies and buying products).

4.    Receive Friend Requests from: Anyone, Friends of Friends or No One.

5.    Receive Messages from: Anyone, Friends of Friends or No One.

6.    Show your Trophies to: Anyone, Friends of Friends, Friends Only or No One.

7.    You can also select ‘Privacy Policy’ to view the Terms of Service and User Agreement, Privacy Policy, Contact Sony, Health Warnings, Ratings and Parental Controls, Copyright and Trademark Notices, and Software Usage Terms.


Parental Controls
Parental Controls can usually be found either on the home screen, or in the system or security  settings. Their exact location and options available are subject to change with system updates. We advise that you periodically review the parental controls to ensure they still meet your security requirements. For the latest information, refer to the online user's guide at http://manuals.playstation.net/document/gb/psvita/.


These controls are protected by a 4-digit passcode. You will need the passcode to set up the parental controls, to switch them off or to change them. When you set the parental controls for the first time, you will be asked to set the passcode. We advise you not to share the passcode with your child. If you forget your passcode you will need to restore your PS Vita to its original settings.

As these controls affect the operation of your PS Vita, you may, at times choose to override them to allow an adult to access content.

Features
Here you can restrict the use of the system’s features such as the Browser application, PlayStation Store, and Location Data.

Browser
You can prevent use of the PS Vita internet browser.
    
Note that this control will not prevent the launch of applications available on the PS Vita which automatically link to the internet.

You can also choose to subscribe to Trend Micro Web Security, a security service that prevents your child from accessing harmful websites.

PlayStation Store
This is an online shopping application for purchasing content such as games and videos. Demos and promotional videos can also be downloaded for free.

Location Data
Some PS Vita games and services collect and use the geographical location of the PS Vita user. You can prevent the collection of your child’s location data. This control may be set by default to prevent the collection and use of location data by the PS Vita user. If so, you need to change the setting to allow the use of such data however, in certain regions, this control may apply automatically to some games and services for children under 13 years of age and cannot be overridden by the parent.

Note: If you leave this control on, it will prevent your child from using certain games and services which require location data.

Games
Here you can prevent access to games and videos based on a combination of Parental Control Level and the age rating of the content concerned.

Note: Some content may not be age rated. Even when using parental controls, you should regularly monitor your child’s use of the PS Vita.

You can set the Parental Control Level on the PS Vita to ‘Off’ or choose from Parental Control Levels 1 to 11. The default setting is 9.

Parental Control Levels are not age ratings used by any specific rating body, and not all content is encoded with them. For games, the Parental Control Levels correspond approximately to the following PEGI ratings:

•    PCL 1 can view content suitable for all ages but cannot view content for ages 3 and above.
•    PCL 2 can view content suitable for age 3 but cannot view content for ages 7 and above. PEGI 3.
•    PCL 3 can view content suitable for age 7 but cannot view content for ages 10 and above. PEGI 7.
•    PCL 4 can view content suitable for age 10 but cannot view content for ages 12 and above.
•    PCL 5 can view content suitable for age 12 but cannot view content for ages 15 and above. PEGI 12.
•    PCL 6 can view content suitable for age 15 but cannot view content for ages 16 and above.
•    PCL 7 can view content suitable for age 16 but cannot view content for ages 17 and above. PEGI 16.
•    PCL 8 can view content suitable for age 17 but cannot view content for ages 18 and above.
•    PCL 9 can view content suitable for age 18 but cannot view content for ages 18* and above. PEGI 18.
•    PCL 10 can view content suitable for age 18* but cannot view content for ages above 18.
•    PCL 11 can view all content.
* Applies to some video content.


Play Duration
Here you can restrict the duration that the PS Vita can be played either per day, a daily total, or just for today.

Note: Playing duration does not include the time while using the Parental Controls application or updating the system software.


For further information please visit Sony at http://manuals.playstation.net/document/gb/psvita/.

PSP

 
 
 
You can set up the PSP to prevent access to UMD’s (Universal Media Discs), games and videos which may not be suitable for the age of the child using the PSP. The parental control features on the PSP require you to be signed into an account on the console. This can be a completely new account, or your PSN account from another PlayStation console.


Parental Controls
Parental Controls can usually be found either on the home screen, or in the system or security settings. Their exact location and options available are subject to change with system updates. We advise that you periodically review the parental controls to ensure they still meet your security requirements. For the latest information, refer to the online user's guide at http://manuals.playstation.net/document/en/psp/current/.

These controls are protected by a 4-digit passcode. You will need the passcode to set up the parental controls, to switch them off or to change them. When you set the parental controls for the first time, you will be asked to set the passcode. We advise you not to share the passcode with your child. If you forget your passcode you will need to restore your PSP to its original settings.

As these controls affect the operation of your PSP, you may at times choose to override them to allow an adult to access content.

Parental Control Level
Here you can prevent access to games and videos based on a combination of Parental Control Level and the age rating of the content concerned.

Note: Some content may not be age rated. Even when using parental controls, you should regularly monitor your child’s use of the PSP.

You can set the Parental Control Level on the PSP to ‘Off’ or choose from Parental Control Levels 1 to 11. The default setting is 9.

Parental Control Levels are not age ratings used by any specific rating body, and not all content is encoded with them. For games, the Parental Control Levels correspond approximately to the following PEGI ratings:
•    PCL 1 can view content suitable for all ages but cannot view content for ages 3 and above.
•    PCL 2 can view content suitable for age 3 but cannot view content for ages 7 and above. PEGI 3.
•    PCL 3 can view content suitable for age 7 but cannot view content for ages 10 and above. PEGI 7.
•    PCL 4 can view content suitable for age 10 but cannot view content for ages 12 and above.
•    PCL 5 can view content suitable for age 12 but cannot view content for ages 15 and above. PEGI 12.
•    PCL 6 can view content suitable for age 15 but cannot view content for ages 16 and above.
•    PCL 7 can view content suitable for age 16 but cannot view content for ages 17 and above. PEGI 16.
•    PCL 8 can view content suitable for age 17 but cannot view content for ages 18 and above.
•    PCL 9 can view content suitable for age 18 but cannot view content for ages 18* and above. PEGI 18.
•    PCL 10 can view content suitable for age 18* but cannot view content for ages above 18.
•    PCL 11 can view all content.
*Applies to some video content.


Browser
You can prevent use of the PSP internet browser.

Note that this control will not prevent the launch of applications available on the PSP which automatically link to the internet.


PlayStation Network
If you don’t have one already, you will need to set up a PlayStation Network account to use many of the online features of the PSP.

Sony provides two types of PlayStation Network accounts, Master and sub-accounts. Master accounts are for users over 18, while sub-accounts are for users aged 7 to 17. Only a master account holder can set up a sub-account, and the master account holder is responsible for and should supervise the sub-account holder (see Terms of Service at https://www.playstation.com/en-gb/legal/ for more information). As a master account holder, you can set controls to limit what your child can see and do on the PlayStation Network.

For more information on Master and Sub Accounts please visit http://faq.en.playstation.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/169/~/sub-accounts-and-master-accounts.


For further information please visit Sony at http://manuals.playstation.net/document/en/psp/current/.

Nintendo 3DS

 
 
 
You can set up the Nintendo 3DS to limit access to certain features which may not be suitable for the age of the child using the console. The following instructions apply to all systems in the Nintendo 3DS family including Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, and Nintendo 2DS.

Parental Controls can be found in System Settings. The options available are subject to change with system updates. We advise that you periodically review the parental controls to ensure they still meet your security requirements. For the latest information, refer to https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Support/Parents/Safety/Nintendo-3DS-and-2DS-Parental-Controls/Setting-Nintendo-3DS-and-2DS-Parental-Controls/Setting-Nintendo-3DS-and-2DS-Parental-Controls-907330.html.

These controls allow you to limit access to game software, features allowing the exchange of personal data, internet browsing, etc. As these controls affect the operation of your Nintendo 3DS system, you may, at times choose to override them to allow an adult to access content.


1.    Power on your Nintendo 3DS system and from the ‘Home’ screen, navigate to ‘System Settings’, and select ‘Parental Controls’.

If you are under the age of 18, please have a parent or legal guardian configure the settings for you.
These settings do not apply to Nintendo DS software.

Create a Password
1.    These controls are protected by a 4-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN) which will be used to prevent access to restricted functions. You will need the PIN to set up the parental controls, to switch them off or to change them. When you set the parental controls for the first time, you will be asked to set the PIN. We advise you not to share the PIN with your child.

2.    Create a four-digit PIN.

3.    Enter your PIN again.

4.    Select a secret question to use in case you forget your PIN. This will be used to verify your identity.

5.    Choose from the following questions:
•    What did you call your first pet?
•    Where were you born?
•    What is your favourite sports team?
•    What was your favourite birthday present?
•    What is your favourite film?
•    If you could go anywhere, where would you go?
•    You can also create your own secret question.

6.    Enter your answer to the secret question, using at least four characters.
Remember this will appear exactly as you entered it.

You can also register an e-mail address which will be used in the event that you forget your PIN. If you forget your PIN and the answer to your secret question, a master key to reset your PIN can be sent to your registered e-mail address. If you have forgotten your PIN and the answer to your secret question, and not registered an e-mail address, you will have to contact Nintendo Customer Support.
Select ‘Done’ to complete the PIN and secret question setup.
As a precautionary measure, certain functions are restricted by default. Refer to the Operations Manual for details.


Parental Controls Settings
Configure how you would like to restrict your child’s use of the Nintendo 3DS system, referring to the information on the screen.

Software Rating
Choose a suitable software rating for the user of this system. Each step to the right represents a higher level of restriction.
Choose from:
•    Content suitable for all ages. PEGI 3.
Some non-realistic violence in a comical, cartoon-like context, and nudity in a non-sexual context, may be permitted.

•    Universal. BBFC U or UC.
Content should be suitable for audiences aged four years and over. Content rated ‘Uc’ is mainly suitable for pre-school children.

•    Content suitable for those aged 7 and above. PEGI 7.
Some content may be frightening for very young children. Non-realistic violence towards fantasy characters, or to non-detailed human and animal characters, may be permitted. Parents may wish to check the game before they allow their young children to play it.

•    Parental Guidance – General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children. BBFC PG.
Content should not disturb a child aged around 8 or older.

•    Content suitable for those aged 12 and above. BBFC and PEGI 12.
Realistic violence towards fantasy characters, and non-realistic violence to human or animal characters, may be permitted. There may be some sexual innuendo, descriptions and images (but nothing too extreme) as well as some mild bad language. May also contain gambling references.

•    Titles rated 15 are suitable for ages 15 and older. BBFC 15.

•    Content suitable for those aged 16 and above. PEGI 16
Realistic and sustained violence may be permitted. The game may show non-graphic sexual activity as well as erotic or sexual nudity. It may also contain more extreme bad language, scenes dealing with drugs (including tobacco and alcohol), it may glamorise criminal activities, and may include gambling references.

•    Content suitable only for adults, those aged 18 and above. BBFC & PEGI 18.

•    Do not restrict.

Internet Browser
The internet browser allows you to use the internet to browse websites.

Nintendo 3DS Shopping Services
Restrict the use of credit cards, funding cards and online purchasing of content and services through the Nintendo 3DS Shopping Services.

Display of 3D Images (not applicable to Nintendo 2DS)
Restricts the display of 3D images on the 3D Screen. All 3D content in Nintendo 3DS software will be displayed in 2D. The use of the 3D feature is not recommended for children aged six and under.

Miiverse

Restricts users from viewing or posting content on Miiverse.

Sharing Images/Audio/Video/Long Text Data
This restricts the transmission of data that may contain private information, such as images (including photos), audio, video and long text. Note; It does not restrict data sent by Nintendo DS software or Miiverse.

Online Interaction
This restricts all online communication in games and the exchange of certain game data with other users over the internet (excluding Nintendo DS software titles and Miiverse).

StreetPass
Restricts the exchange of data between users via StreetPass (Nintendo 3DS software titles only).

Friend Registration
Friend registration allows you and the registered friends to see each other’s online status and current software title. You may exchange messages and freely exchange data that might contain personal information.

DS Download Play
DS Download Play allows you to connect with nearby systems to download demos and play wireless multiplayer titles.

Viewing Distributed Videos
Restricts viewing of distributed videos to those suitable for all ages. This setting does not apply to game-related videos found on Nintendo eShop, which can be restricted using the separate Software Rating setting.


For further information please visit https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Support/Parents/Safety/Nintendo-3DS-and-2DS-Parental-Controls/Setting-Nintendo-3DS-and-2DS-Parental-Controls/Setting-Nintendo-3DS-and-2DS-Parental-Controls-907330.html.

Nintendo Wii U

 
 
 
You can set up the Wii U to limit access to certain features which may not be suitable for the age of the child using the console.

Parental Controls can be found on the Wii U Menu. The options available are subject to change with system updates. We advise that you periodically review the parental controls to ensure they still meet your security requirements. For the latest information, refer to https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Support/Parents/Safety/Wii-U-Parental-Controls/Setting-Wii-U-Parental-Controls/Setting-Wii-U-Parental-Controls-908862.html.

As these controls affect the operation of your Wii U system, you may, at times choose to override them to allow an adult to access content.

1.    Power on your Wii U system and sign in to the user account. It is possible to apply individual parental controls to multiple user accounts in a later step.

2.    From the Wii U Menu, select ‘Parental Controls’.

If you are under the age of 18, please have an adult read this and configure the settings for you.
Parents or guardians can configure Parental Controls settings to restrict certain Wii U features which they may deem unsuitable for their child.

Create a Password
1.    These controls are protected by a 4-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN) which will be used to prevent access to restricted functions. You will need the PIN to set up the parental controls, to switch them off or to change them. When you set the parental controls for the first time, you will be asked to set the PIN. We advise you not to share the PIN with your child. Once you’ve created a PIN, use the Wii U GamePad to adjust settings, referring to the information on the TV screen.
(You can scroll through this information by using the right thumb stick.)
    
2.    Create a four-digit PIN.

3.    Enter your PIN again.

4.    Select a secret question to use in case you forget your PIN. This will be used to verify your identity.

5.    Choose from the following questions:
•    What did you call your first pet?
•    Where were you born?
•    What is your favourite sports team?
•    What was your favourite birthday present?
•    What is your favourite film?
•    If you could go anywhere, where would you go?
•    You can also create your own secret question.

6.    Enter your answer to the secret question, using at least four characters.

You can also register an e-mail address which will be used in the event that you forget your PIN. If you forget your PIN and the answer to your secret question, a master key to reset your PIN can be sent to your registered e-mail address. If you have forgotten your PIN and the answer to your secret question, and not registered an e-mail address, you will have to contact Nintendo Customer Support.

7.    From now on, you will need to enter your PIN to modify user settings, delete all content and settings, or perform other important functions.


Parental Controls Settings
Configure how you would like to restrict your child’s use of the Wii U system, referring to the information on the TV.



You can change settings for individual users.

Game Rating
Here you can restrict the usage (or purchase through Nintendo eShop) of Wii U software with unsuitable content.



To set rating restrictions for Wii software, select the Wii Menu Settings option by pressing the X button.

Choose an appropriate range for your child’s age, following the guidance on the TV screen. Move the slider left or right to select either:
•    PEGI 3
•    BBFC U & Uc
•    PEGI 7
•    BBFC PG
•    PEGI 12/BBFC 12
•    BBFC 15
•    PEGI 16
•    PEGI 18/BBFC 18

Details of content you are likely to find at these age levels are displayed on the TV screen.

Online Interaction in Games
This option restricts online features and exchange of content through games.

To control the use of Miiverse, the internet browser or Nintendo eShop, you must set the restrictions for those separately.
You cannot restrict certain data downloaded through SpotPass (such as system updates or notifications from Nintendo).


Tap ‘Online Interaction in Games’ to lock or unlock this feature.

Internet Browser
This option restricts the use of the internet browser.

Tap ‘Internet Browser’ to lock or unlock this feature.

Wii U Shopping Services
Here you can restrict the use of credit cards or purchase of software through Wii U shopping services such as Nintendo eShop.

This setting cannot restrict the use of credit cards on web-based shopping sites or the downloading of free software.
To restrict purchases made through the Wii Shop Channel, select the Wii Menu Settings option.


Tap ‘Wii U Shopping Services’ to lock or unlock this feature.

Miiverse
This option restricts users from viewing or posting content on Miiverse.

The ‘Restrict Posting Only’ setting does not prevent registered friends from exchanging messages.

1.    Tap ‘Miiverse’.

2.    Select either:
•    Do Not Restrict (Do not restrict the use of Miiverse.)

•    Restrict Posting Only (Restrict the posting of content to Miiverse. Posts from other users will be visible.)

•    Restrict Viewing and Posting (Restrict all Miiverse features, including the posting of content and viewing of other users’ posts.)

Friend Registration
This option restricts the registration of additional friends.

When you register friends, functions such as these will become available:
•    Seeing each other’s online status and current software on the friend list, as well as posting or reading status messages on the friend list.

•    Exchanging messages via Miiverse.

•    Other communication functions limited to friends only.

Please note that some functions allow communication with users who are not registered friends. If you wish to restrict communication with users who are not registered friends, please configure the Online Interaction in Games, Internet Browser and Miiverse restrictions.


Tap ‘Friend Registration’ to lock or unlock this feature.

Entertainment Excluding Games
Here you can restrict the use of non-game software (such as video viewing software). When this setting is enabled, a screen with a description of the software will appear before first starting such software to enable an informed choice about whether to allow the use of the software by children.

This applies to software not covered by the Game Rating restriction.
To control the use of Miiverse, Internet Browser or Nintendo eShop, you must set the restrictions for those separately.


Tap ‘Entertainment Excluding Games’ to lock or unlock this feature.

Data Management
This option restricts the deletion or moving of software or save data using Data Management.

Tap ‘Data Management’ to lock or unlock this feature.

Internet Settings
This option restricts the addition, modification or deletion of internet settings.

Tap ‘Internet Settings’ to lock or unlock this feature.

Other Restricted Items
In addition to the restrictions above, other options such as the country setting, Wii U Chat settings and user settings, and the deletion of all content and settings will be automatically restricted.

Wii Menu Settings
On the Wii Menu, the same restrictions are applied for all users. You cannot set restrictions for individual users.

Game Rating

Here you can restrict the usage (or purchase through the Wii Shop Channel) of Wii software with unsuitable content.

Choose an appropriate range for your child’s age, following the guidance on the TV screen. Move the slider left or right to select either:
•    PEGI 3
•    BBFC U & Uc
•    PEGI 7
•    BBFC PG
•    PEGI 12/BBFC 12
•    BBFC 15
•    PEGI 16
•    PEGI 18/BBFC 18

Details of content you are likely to find at these age levels are displayed on the TV screen.

Wii Shopping Services
This option restricts the use of Wii Points.

This does not restrict the purchase of Wii Points or the downloading of free software.


Tap ‘Wii Shopping Services’ to lock or unlock this feature.

Certain Online Features
This option restricts the online features of some Wii software. This function can be used to block the exchange of unsuitable content or communication in games.

Tap ‘Certain Online Features’ to lock or unlock this feature.

Viewing Distributed Videos
Here you can restrict the viewing of videos in software for which game ratings are not applicable.

Tap ‘Viewing Distributed Videos’ to lock or unlock this feature.


Once completed, change settings for other users or return to the Wii U Menu.


For further information please visit https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Support/Parents/Safety/Wii-U-Parental-Controls/Setting-Wii-U-Parental-Controls/Setting-Wii-U-Parental-Controls-908862.html.

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