Like movies, video games span a multitude of genres and cover a lot of controversial ground. That means there is the potential for very young kids to run into game content featuring sex, drugs, and rock and roll–game content that’s far removed from the likes of Big Bird’s Sailboat Adventure.
If you’re a parent or a guardian, you might not want your young charge wandering into content that’s not suitable for them. Fortunately, most modern game systems have parental control systems that can help ensure kids can only access games that fall under a certain ESRB rating. Here’s how to activate the parental controls for Sony’s PlayStation Portable (PSP) and PSPgo handheld portable video game consoles.
How to Set Up PSP, PSPgo Parental Controls
- Select Settings from the PSP’s Main Menu.
- From there, select Security Settings.
- Choose Parental Control Level.
- Enter your PSP or PSPgo system password if prompted.
- Use the arrow keys to choose your preferred parental controls level. As on the PlayStation 3, you can restrict game access to software based on a game’s ESRB content rating. Numeric values represent the degree of strictness, with lower numbers presenting tighter restrictions (e.g. 1 is more restrictive than 10). You can also restrict movie access based on a film’s rating from the MPAA (the PSP can play movies in UMD format–remember those?).
- Select Internet Browser Start Control to restrict access to the Internet browser and Wi-Fi wireless online access in general, which also toggles a child’s ability to play games online.
- Select Change Password to create a PIN number passcode, which allows you to restrict or allow access to questionable game and video content. Four zeros (“0000”) is the default.