For Parents

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Learn more about some of Play Nintendo's best practices for online interaction in video games.

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Lesson 1: Take Control

Lesson 1: Take Control

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Nintendo offers a wide variety of tools to help parents restrict content on Nintendo Switch, Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Take control of what your child can (and can't) do on their system, from accessing the internet to sharing personal information.

Check out the Parental Controls Crash Course for details.

Certain Nintendo Switch games require a Nintendo Switch Online membership for online play.* You can purchase an Individual Membership or a Family Membership**—for groups of up to eight total members—which can include supervised accounts for children ages 12 and under. With a Family Membership, each child can use their Nintendo Account to access online play, and you can set restrictions for each supervised account via parental controls.

Learn more about Nintendo Switch Online.

Nintendo offers a wide variety of tools to help parents restrict content on Nintendo Switch, Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Take control of what your child can (and can't) do on their system, from accessing the internet to sharing personal information.

Check out the Parental Controls Crash Course for details.

 

Lesson 2: Keep Personal Information Private

Lesson 2: Keep Personal Information Private

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Talk to your kids about what kind of information they shouldn't be sharing online, like their name, address, email address, and phone number. Gamer handles, or online names, shouldn't include any identifying information, such as their age or actual name.

Talk to your kids about what kind of information they shouldn't be sharing online, like their name, address, email address, and phone number. Gamer handles, or online names, shouldn't include any identifying information, such as their age or actual name.

 

Lesson 3: Online Friends

Lesson 3: Online Friends

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Online interaction is one of the biggest concerns facing parents today. With Parental Controls, you can easily restrict your child's ability to communicate with other players. Most importantly, your child's online friends should also be real-life friends. You can also control your child's ability to friend other gamers or register friends to their friend list. Most importantly, your child's online friends should also be real-life friends. Encourage your child to tell you if they receive a friend request from an unknown user, or if they notice any suspicious activity between friends.

Online interaction is one of the biggest concerns facing parents today. With Parental Controls, you can easily restrict your child's ability to exchange information with other players. You can also control your child's ability to friend other gamers or register friends to their friend list. Most importantly, your child's online friends should also be real-life friends. Encourage your child to tell you if they receive a friend request from an unknown user, or if they notice any suspicious activity between friends.

 

Lesson 4: Cyber Bullying

Lesson 4: Cyber Bullying

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If your child is being harrassed by other players while playing a Nintendo game online, you can contact customer service and issue a complaint. You can also block users from contacting your child via their system.

Users ages 13 and above may use the smartphone app*** for voice chat in compatible games as part of a Nintendo Switch Online membership. Remember that you may set restrictions for this app through your smartphone’s parental control restriction settings.

If your child is being harrassed by other players while playing a Nintendo game online, you can contact customer service and issue a complaint. You can also block users from contacting your child via their system.

 

Lesson 5: Keep the Play Dates

Lesson 5: Keep the Play Dates

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Online gaming is fun, but it's no substitute for real-world friendships. Make sure your kids and their friends are maintaining social ties in person.

Online gaming is fun, but it's no substitute for real-world friendships. Make sure your kids and their friends are maintaining social ties in person.

 

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*Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online play. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply. nintendo.com/switch-online

**As the purchaser of a Family Membership, you will need to be at least 18 years old and save your credit card or link your PayPal account to your Nintendo Account via Nintendo eShop.

*** Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately), persistent Internet and compatible smartphone required to use the Nintendo Switch Online app; data charges may apply. Nintendo Account age 13+ required.