PlayStation 4 is a great place to play for the whole family. There are a variety of games to suit all ages, and the system is equipped with versatile parental controls to keep play time safe and secure for everyone. When setting up your new PS4 system for the first time, an adult must create an account with PlayStation Network (PSN). Any adult with a PSN account can then set up Family Management, which allows you to create child accounts and to set parental controls on them. If a player under the age of 18 does attempt to create a PSN account on their own, they will be prompted to ask an adult to take over.

Set up Family Management

The first step to setting parental controls for your kids on PS4 is to set up Family Management on your account. As the family manager, you can create PSN accounts for all family members under 18 and apply individual settings and restrictions for each account. Each child will then use their own accounts to log into PS4 and play. The account settings will determine which games your child can play, and for how many hours per day. This gives you full control over your kids' PlayStation experiences.

For detailed step-by-step instructions on how to set up Family Management on your PlayStation 4, click the button below.

Restrict a child’s access and spending

Once you have configured your account for Family Management and created a child account for each of your young players, you’re ready to set parental controls such as age restrictions, spending limits and online chat permissions.

Here are some step-by-step instructions on how to apply parental controls to a child's account.

For more information on your PSN account, we recommend reading our 4 tips for a more secure account. If you would like to learn more about the game console your kids love so much, check out our guides for parents such as You Got Game part 1: What does 'free-to-play’ mean? and How to find your family’s next favourite game. If you require further assistance, try searching for a solution to your issue on the main PlayStation support website.