Most kids love games. It’s an excellent avenue for their imagination and a great way for them to develop certain mental and motor skills. That’s why they could be attracted to playing video games on the PS5.
However, just like every other means of entertainment, it might contain inappropriate content. But don’t let that stop you from letting them play on the PS5. Instead, you should establish some protective settings on the PS5 to shield your child and monitor their activities.
1. Create and Add a Child Account
First, you should create a child account for your minor and add that account to the PS5. This account will set the default content restriction based on the age of the account user.
As an adult, you must first have your own PSN account. If you don’t have one, you can read our guide on how to create a PSN account for assistance. You’ll also need a valid credit or debit card and an email address for your child.
Here’s how to set up a child account:
- Go to Settings (the top-right gear icon) and choose Family and Parental Controls.
- Select Family Management and log into your PSN account.
- After you’re logged in, scan the QR code to add a family member using your phone. Alternatively, you can visit the PSN family management page on your computer.
- Choose Set Up Now and select Add a Child.
- Enter the child’s birthday.
- Sony will ask you to pay $0.50 to confirm you’re an adult. You need only pay this once—even for adding subsequent kids—and Sony will credit your PlayStation wallet with the $0.50. If you’ve never added a payment method to PSN, read our guide on adding funds and buying games on the PS5.
- Enter an email address and password for the account.
- Choose Confirm on each page till you finish.
You don’t need to worry about all the options you see while setting up the child account. You can always change it from the PSN Family panel or from the Family and Parental Controls section of the PS5’s settings.
Next, you have to add the child to your PS5. To do that, you must create an account on your PS5 using the email you provided for the child.
2. Use Preset or Custom Content Restriction Levels
Now you have a child account added to the PS5; you can set the restriction level you want.
Follow these steps:
- Go to Settings > Family and Parental Controls, choose your child’s account from the list, and select Parental Controls.
- Select Restriction level and choose a preset from the list.
- Optional: Customize the preset by adjusting the restriction level for all the other options on the page.
- Choose Confirm when you’re finished.
You can set age restrictions for the following options:
- PS5, PS4, and PS3 games and apps.
- Blu-ray discs and DVDs.
- PlayStation VR2 and PlayStation VR.
- Web browsing (even though the PS5’s web browser is hidden and limited).
- Communication and user-generated content.
- Online content.
You’ll find the options to change the restriction levels for all of the above on that parental control page. You should adjust it based on your parenting preferences and the child’s age.
3. Set Up Console Restrictions and User Passcodes
Console restrictions are a group of features on the PS5 that allows you to control how users can create accounts on the PS5. A smart kid can bypass your content restrictions by simply creating a new account on the PS5 to use instead of the child account you created for them. Or they could log into an adult account if you haven’t set a passcode on it.
Therefore, the first thing you should do is set up user passcodes for your PS5 accounts. After that, you have to set up console restrictions, which use a separate passcode from your user passcode. In case your child gets access to your account, they still won’t be able to tinker with the restrictions you’ve set.
Here’s how to set up the console restrictions passcode:
- Go to Settings > Family and Parental Controls > PS5 Console Restrictions.
- Enter the default passcode: 0000.
- Select Change Your Console Restriction Passcode.
- Enter the new password twice.
On the PS5 console restrictions page, apart from changing the console restrictions passcode, you have options to:
- Allow or disallow users from creating new users and logging in as guests (User Creation and Guest Login). This is useful for stopping the child from creating new accounts to bypass your restrictions
- Establish default parental controls for new users (Parental Controls for New Users). It is useful for setting up age-appropriate content and feature restrictions if you want to let them create new users.
- Disable console restrictions (Temporarily Disable PS5 Console Restrictions). You can use this to turn off console restrictions temporarily in case it’s too restrictive for you as an adult user.
Don’t forget your console restriction passcode. As far as we know, there’s no way to recover it.
4. Set a Checkout Password and a Monthly Spending Limit
There are internet horror stories of kids spending hundreds to thousands of dollars buying applications and video games with their parents’ cards. Avoid that by setting up spending limits and a checkout password.
Add a checkout password from Settings > Users and Accounts > Account > Payment and Subscriptions > Purchase Settings. Turn on the Require Password at Checkout toggle, and it’ll prompt you to enter your PSN password before making a purchase.
The next thing you want to do is place a spending limit. Here’s how to set a monthly spending limit on your child’s account:
- Go to Settings and choose Family and Parental Controls.
- Choose your child’s account from the Applicable Users on This PS5 section.
- Select Parental Controls and scroll to the bottom to see Monthly Spending Limit.
- Open Monthly Spending Limit to reveal the dropdown menu.
- Select Confirm after you’re finished.
We’re unsure why Sony made the spending limit a dropdown preset menu. But you can’t input a custom amount as a spending limit for now.
5. Enforce Playtime Limits
Video game addiction could affect your child negatively, but you can try to curtail it by setting playtime limits on the PS5.
You can only set playtime limits on a child account with a registered PSN email.
Here’s how to do it:
- Go to Settings > Family and Parental Controls and choose the account you want to limit from Applicable Users on this PS5.
- Select Playtime Settings and toggle on Restrict Playtime.
- Use When Playtime Ends to choose whether you want the child to be forcefully logged out or simply notified when they’ve reached their playtime limit.
- Set how long they can play using Duration and Playable Hours. Selecting By Days of the Week from the menu allows you to specify how many hours they can play each day of the week.
- Select Every Day or the days of the week and choose your hours in Playtime duration. Inside here, you can also set a Start time and End time to customize when they can play video games, and you can choose their bedtime as End time so they don’t play at night when they should be sleeping.
- Choose Save on the right-hand side of the page when you’re done.
Older children may not appreciate this setting much, so it’s probably a better idea to discuss their playtime rather than outright blocking them from using the console.
The PS5 Offers Extensive Safety Provisions for Children
Compared to most other video game consoles, including the PS4, the PS5 offers many ways to control how a minor uses it. It’s good to see that Sony is taking a decisive stance on child safety as a company, as clearly reflected with the PS5.
Thanks to these features, parents can rest easy knowing that checks are in place to ensure children don’t develop negative gaming habits, see content not for their age, or talk to strangers online.
But you must remain vigilant, as some kids might still find ways to bypass your restrictions.