The Sony PlayStation is one of the most popular gaming platforms in the United States made popular by the fact that it now hosts online capabilities. This is a wonderful advancement for Sony, but problematic for families with young children who share the platform.

Follow these step-by-step instructions to help ensure your children are safe playing the Sony PlayStation3.

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1. In the main menu, using the left stick or directional pad, go to “Settings,” then select “Security Settings” by pressing the X button. Options for restricting games are listed under “Parental Control.” A number system indicates the relative level of restriction: the lower the number, the tighter the restrictions.

2. Each number below corresponds with an ESRB rating category:

2 – EC (Early Childhood 3+)

3 – E (Everyone 6+)

4 – E10+ (Everyone 10+)

5 – T (Teen 13+)

9 – M (Mature 17+)

10 – AO (Adults Only 18+)

3. To set parental controls for the Web browser, in “Security Settings,” select “Internet Browser Start Control.” Your options are “On” or “Off.” Selecting “On” will block access to the Internet.

4. The PLAYSTATION 3 and PSP parental controls are enforced by a four-digit password. The default password is 0000 (four zeros). It is recommended that you reset the password. In the Security Settings menu, select “Change Password.” Enter the default password, and then select a new password.


You can also use “Parental Control” to:

†  -Block access to DVD and Blu-ray (high-definition) movies by MPAA rating


Tips about the Sony PlayStation3 Network:

† – The default settings block content based on registered user age and restrict chat with other players.

† – Be sure to set up sub accounts for each child.


Click here to learn how to set the parental controls on other Sony products.



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