Since its debut with the NES in 1985, Nintendo has provided quality content and captivating gaming experiences for consumers of all ages. Today the entertainment giant’s flagship console is the Nintendo Switch. Even though the Switch is considered one of the safer gaming devices for children, any type of online gaming platform will always carry potential risks. To help you protect your child while they’re racing through MarioKart levels or picking fruit in Animal Crossing, we’re going to walk how you through how to set up Nintendo Switch parental controls.
In order to provide their customers with the best gaming experience, Nintendo has comprehensive parental controls that allow parents to have a more powerful voice in how their children use the console. The parental controls on the Nintendo Switch console allow parents to:
- Restrict software by age based on each game’s ESRB rating
- Block posting to social media
- Block communication with others
- Restrict VR Mode (3D Visuals)
The Switch Parental Controls app has the same functionality, plus the following additional features:
- Set play-time limits
- View play activity
Finally, through your child’s Nintendo Account, you can also set restrictions on Nintendo eShop purchases. Nintendo eShop restrictions can only be set through an account’s profile settings on a PC or smart device, accessible by signing in to http://accounts.nintendo.com.
How to Set Up Nintendo Switch Parental Controls
Accessing parental controls for the Switch is fairly easy. To access this function directly from the console, follow these steps:
- On the Home Screen, locate and select Systems Settings.
- Once selected, scroll down to Parental Controls.
- Select Parental Control Settings, which appears on the right side of the screen.
- Scroll down and select Use This Console.
- Select Restriction Level.
- If you would like to enable the pre-made settings, select either Child, Pre-teen, or Teen from the menu and the console will automatically restrict content based on your child’s age.
- If you would rather have your settings customized, select Custom Settings instead.
Customize Your Settings
If you want to only restrict certain functions, follow these steps:
- From the Custom Settings menu, select Restrict Software.
- To restrict games based on their rating, select Software Ratings Organization.
- To restrict the ability to post to social media, select Post to Social Media. (NOTE: No players under the age of 13 will be able to access Nintendo’s social media content, no matter what the parental controls are set to).
- To limit your child’s ability to send messages, share images, and get user profile information, select Communicating with Others.
Once you have your parental controls set to your exact specifications, select Next to save your preferences and create a four to eight-digit PIN number that you will use in the future to access the Parental Controls.