For Parents

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Give your kids the freedom to play and explore in an environment you manage with Parental Controls.

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Nintendo Switch

Set guidelines for your family’s use of your Nintendo Switch™ system—so you can all relax and have fun.

 

Lesson 1: Set up your family group

 
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You can create a family group* of up to eight Nintendo Accounts—including supervised accounts for kids ages 12 and younger. 

Setting up your group lets you manage Nintendo eShop purchase settings for each supervised account. Just head to http://accounts.nintendo.com/ and select “Family group,” then the specific Nintendo Account you want to manage.

Also, keep in mind that certain Nintendo Switch games require a Nintendo Switch Online membership for online play.** You can purchase a Family Membership*** that all members of your family group can use.

*Parents or guardians will need a Nintendo Account to set up family groups and access parental controls via their account settings, as well as the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls smartphone app. Visit the support page for details.

**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.

 

Lesson 2: Get the free app

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While you can set certain parental controls on the system, the free Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app gives you the greatest amount of control and convenience. Simply follow the directions to sync it with your system and your Nintendo Account and get started.

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Internet connection required to use the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app. Data charges may apply.

 

Lesson 3: Decide on the guidelines

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Since you won’t always be playing together with your kids, you can use the parental controls app to make sure you’re comfortable with how your Nintendo Switch system’s being used. You can set restrictions on:

  • Which games your family can play
  • How long and how late they can play
  • Sharing screenshots to social media

See the entire list of what you can restrict, visit support.

 

Lesson 4: Keep an eye on gaming time

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The app will send you a daily and monthly report of most-played games on your system, so you can see how your family is spending their gaming time. You can also set alerts that will pop up when the play time limit has been reached.

And if you see on the app that someone’s playing past the time limit, you can even set the system to automatically suspend the game when the time’s up.

For more details about how to use Nintendo Switch Parental Controls, visit support.

 

Lesson 5: Decide on voice chat

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Your Nintendo Switch Online membership gives you access to voice chat in compatible games via the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app.

Depending on the game, voice chat may be with all players or just with friends. The app is restricted to users age 13+, but you may also restrict access to the app itself through the smartphone’s parental control restriction settings.

Persistent Internet and compatible smartphone required to use the Nintendo Switch Online app; data charges may apply. Nintendo Account age 13+ required. 

 

 

Nintendo 3DS family systems and Wii U

Lesson 1: Use a PIN

Lesson 1: Use a PIN

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To get started, open System Settings from the home menu, then select Parental Controls. Then, choose a four-digit PIN and secret question, giving you complete control over which settings are restricted. You can also register an email address in case you forget your PIN.

To get started, open System Settings from the home menu, then select Parental Controls. Then, choose a four-digit PIN and secret question, giving you complete control over which settings are restricted. You can also register an email address in case you forget your PIN.

 

Lesson 2: Restrict Settings

Lesson 2: Restrict Settings

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Time to take control! You can use Parental Controls to block games, restrict internet access, and control online interaction.

See the full list of settings and features you can restrict or block on the Wii U console on this Support section.

For the features you can restrict on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, visit this Support section.

 

Lesson 3: Customize Settings

Lesson 3: Customize Settings

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You can easily adjust Parental Control settings based on the age of the person who's currently playing. That means that you’re able to set appropriate boundaries, even if your elementary school child and your teenager share a single gaming system.

Head to our support section to find out how to customize settings by age on Nintendo 3DS systems and Wii U consoles.

 

Head to our support section to find out how to customize settings by age on Nintendo 3DS systems and Wii U consoles.

 

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