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How to Set Up Parental Controls on Xbox One and PS4?

By Zack Morris | Jul 06, 2018 10:27 am

Xbox One and PS4 are among the most popular sources of entertainment. They can be used as a game console, a music player, a device to help with online communications, and more. When kids are left to use either one without any parental control, they may end up getting addicted to it. No parent would like this to happen to their kids. For this reason, many parents would like to know how they can set up Xbox One parental controls or limit children's screen time on PS4. We will help you figure out how to set time limits on these gaming platforms.

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Part 1: How to Set Up Parental Controls on Xbox One to Control Kids' Screen Time?

Xbox One has a Screen Time feature already included in it. This makes it much easier for any parents who are trying to learn how to lock Xbox One. The feature will allow you to control the amount of time your kids are allowed to use the Xbox One.

For example, you can restrict the time your kid is allowed to play games on Xbox One to only an hour and a half between specific times, say, between 5Pm and 9Pm. It also allows you to apply different Xbox One parental controls settings to different child accounts and for different weekdays.

The Screen Time feature will lock Xbox One when your kid runs out of time. To get additional time, he or she has to ask you to add more screen time. To learn how to put parental controls on Xbox One, follow the simple steps we have outlined below:

Adding Your Child's Account to Xbox One

The first major step involves adding your kid's account to Xbox one if you don't have one already added. You need to have a parent account and child's account to set up Xbox One parental controls. Creating a child's account is as easy as following the steps below:

Step 1: Open Settings on Xbox one.

Step 2: Tap All Settings > click Account > tap Family.

Step 3: Add your kid's account to Xbox One by clicking Add to family. You can also add children's accounts to Xbox One online. You will just need to visit: https://account.microsoft.com/family/

If you had already added child account to the Family which is associated with your Microsoft account, it will appear under Family but it will not be available on the Xbox. To add them to the Xbox, you need to select an account and then tap Add [Name] to this Xbox.

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Lock the Parent Account

The next Major Step involves locking your parent account to ensure that your kids don't use this account. To learn how to lock Xbox One parent's account, follow the simple steps outlined below:

Step 1: Launch Settings on Xbox One.

Step 2: Tap All Settings > click Account > tap Sign-in, security & passkey > click Change my sign-in and security preferences.

Now, you can either choose "Ask for my passkey" which will prompt you to create a numeric PIN for the parent account or "Lock it down" if you prefer to use your Microsoft account password. Sign out after completing the configurations.

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Configuring Time Limits

For you to enable the Xbox One Screen Time feature, you will need to use Microsoft Family website. You can set up various Xbox One parental controls on the Xbox itself but you won't be able to enable Screen Time on the tool. To learn how to set time limits on Xbox One, follow the steps below:

Step 1: On a web browser, open https://account.microsoft.com/family/ and sign in using the Xbox One parent account credentials. Since you already created your child's account, it should appear on this website after signing in.

Step 2: Tap Screen Time under a kid's name in the Family members section.

Step 3: Toggle on "Set limits for when my child can use device" under Screen Time.

Configure the time limits you wish to set for your kid. The Daily allowance means the maximum amount of time your kid is allowed to use Xbox One on a specific day. To configure multiple-day time limits, tap "Set a time limit" at the page bottom. When you are done, close the page and the changes you have made will take effect.

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Monitoring Xbox One Usage

If you wish to see how your kid is using Xbox One, this is easy to do. Below, we show you how to monitor Xbox usage:

Step 1: Visit https://account.microsoft.com/family and sign in.

Step 2: Locate your kid's name and choose Activity.

Step 3: If Activity reporting is toggled off, toggle it on.

When Activity reporting is on, you will get weekly activity reports which will show your kid's activities on both Xbox One devices and Windows 10. If you only want to see your kid's activities online and don't need to get emails, just toggle off Email me weekly reports.

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Part 2: How to Set Up Parental Controls on PS4 to Monitor Your Kids' Gaming Time?

Setting the Monthly Spending Limit

Among the PS4 parental controls you can set, this is one that you shouldn't ignore. To learn how to set the monthly spending limits on PS4, follow the steps outlined below:

Step 1: Launch Settings, choose Parental Controls/Family Management, and then Family Management.

Step 2: Choose the kid you would like to set a monthly spending limit for.

Step 3: Under Parental Controls, choose Applications/Devices/Network Features.

Step 4: Choose Monthly Spending Limit and then Press the X button.

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Setting Games Age Rating Level

This is one of the best PlayStation parental controls you can set up. Not all games available on PS4 are appropriate for your kids. To make sure that your kids don't play inappropriate games on PlayStation 4, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Launch Settings and then choose Parental Controls/Family Management.

Step 2: Select Family Management. If you requested for your PSN account password, enter it.

Step 3: Choose a user you would like to set the age level limit for.

Step 4: Choose Applications/Devices/Network Features and then choose what you wish to limit.

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Restricting Network Access on PS4

This PlayStation 4 parental control can be used to limit your kid's access to content that has been created by other players. Also, you can limit your kid's communication with other players on PSN. To restrict Network access on your kid's PS4, you only need to follow the simple steps outlined below:

Step 1: Launch your PS4 Settings and then open Parental Controls/Family Management.

Step 2: Choose Family Management. Here, PS4 may request your PSN account password. Enter it to continue.

Step 3: Select a user whom you would like to set network restrictions for.

Step 4: Choose Applications/Devices/Network Features. This should be available under Parental Controls.

Step 5: Locate Network Features. Here, select whether to restrict communication on PSN with other players or viewing content that other players have created.

Prevent Children Changing PS4 Parental Controls

After setting PlayStation parental controls, you would want these to be retained. It is possible to make sure that your kids don't change the PlayStation 4 parental controls you have already set. The following steps should show you how you can do this:

Disabling Guest Login and New User Creation

This will ensure that your kid or family member cannot bypass the PS4 parental controls you have already set. Follow the steps below to disable guest login and new user creation:

Step 1: Log into your PS4 as the Family Manager.

Step 2: Open Settings, select Parental Controls/Family Management, and then choose PS4 System Restrictions. Here you will be required to enter a system restriction code. If you don't have one set up yet, the default is 0000.

Step 3: Choose New User Creation and Guest Login. Choose Not Allowed.

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Setting Up the Login Passcode

Only the person who knows this passcode can log in as a family manager. Unless your kids know this passcode, they won't have the ability to change the PlayStation parental controls you have already set. Below, we show you how to set up your passcode:

Step 1: Open Settings, select Login Settings and then choose Login Passcode Management.

Step 2: Create a passcode (4 digits). Re-enter the passcode to confirm.

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Setting the System Restriction Passcode

This will keep your kid from changing PlayStation 4 parental controls. The steps below should help you set this passcode:

Step 1: Open Settings, choose Parental Controls/Family Management, and then select PS4 System Restrictions.

Step 2: If you haven't set any Restrictions passcode, enter 0000. This is the default passcode.

Step 3: Choose Change Systems Restriction Passcode.

Step 4: Enter a 4-digit passcode and re-enter it to confirm.

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Additional Information: How to Monitor Your Kids' Screen Time on iPhone/iPad?

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With MoniMaster installed on your Windows PC or Mac, you can remotely access and monitor up to 18 apps on a target iOS device. These apps include both official Apple applications and third-party apps. If you find that your kids are spending too much time on their iPhone using any of the apps available on the device, you can guide them on how to use their devices more responsibly.

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Summary

Setting parental controls on Xbox One or PS4 is important to ensure that your kids use this gadget responsibly. This article will guide you on how to set time limits on both. To achieve better parental control, you also need to monitor your kid's iOS devices. This is the only way you can help your kids use their devices more responsibly. MoniMaster, which is available as FREE trial version, will make it possible for you to monitor your kid's iOS device usage remotely.

Note: The tools introduced in this post shall be used only with the aim of parental control. Please read the End User License Agreement (EULA) carefully before downloading or installing the software. MoniMaster takes no responsibility for any illegal use of this tool.