For Parents

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

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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 below for a list of the settings and features you can restrict or block on the Wii U console and Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

 

For the Nintendo 3DS family of systems

Software Rating: You can block games by ESRB rating, which means you get to decide if your 8-year old can play Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DSi software with an ESRB Rating of E10+ or higher.

Internet Browser: You can block or restrict the use of the internet browser.

Nintendo 3DS Shopping Services: You can restrict the use of credit cards, Nintendo eShop Cards, and online content purchasing in the Nintendo eShop.

Display of 3D Images: You can control whether or not your child can view images in 3D. For kids aged 6 or under, we recommend restriction of the display of 3D images. Nintendo 2DS is only capable of displaying content in 2D, so this option is not included in the Parental Controls settings.

Miiverse: You can control whether or not your child can view and/or post content (like comments, drawings, and in-game screenshots) to Miiverse, Nintendo’s online community of gamers.

Sharing Images/Audio/Video/Long Text Data: You can control whether or not your child can wirelessly transmit content that may contain personal information, such as photos, sounds, animations, and long text data.

Online Interaction: You can control your child’s ability to participate in online play via the internet. You can also restrict the exchange of data between your child and users who aren’t their registered friends.

Friend Registration: You can control your child’s ability to register online friends or invite users to join their friend list.

StreetPass: You can restrict your child’s ability to communicate with other users via the StreetPass feature, a built-in application that lets players wirelessly swap certain gameplay data and more.

DS Download Play: You can restrict the use of DS Download Play, a feature that lets units share one Game Card for multiplayer gameplay on select games.

Viewing Distributed Videos: You can control whether or not your child can view content (rated age 13+) from YouTube and Nintendo video applications.

Child Online Privacy Protection: The Child Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, gives you control over the online collection, use, or disclosure of personal data from children under the age of 13.

 

For Wii and Wii U consoles 

Software Rating: You can block games by ESRB rating, which means you get to decide if your 8-year old can play Wii U software with an ESRB Rating of E10+ or higher.

Online Interaction: You can control your child’s ability to participate in online play via the internet. You can also restrict the exchange of data between your child and users who aren’t their registered friends.

Internet Browser: You can block or restrict the use of the internet browser.

Wii U Shopping Services: You can restrict the use of credit cards, Nintendo eShop Cards, and online content purchasing in the Nintendo eShop.

Miiverse: You can control whether or not your child can view and/or post content (like comments, drawings, and in-game screenshots) to Miiverse, Nintendo’s online community of gamers.

Friend Registration: You can control your child’s ability to register online friends or invite users to join their friend list.

Entertainment Excluding Games: You can restrict streaming video content as well as software with video-playback functions.

Data Management: You can control whether or not your child can transfer or delete software and save data.

Internet Settings: You can block your child from accessing Internet Settings in the System Settings. This lets you protect the settings for your wireless router, among other things.

Time to take control! You can use Parental Controls to block games, restrict internet access, and control online interaction. See below for a list of the settings and features you can restrict or block on the Wii U console and Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

For the Nintendo 3DS family of systems

Software Rating: You can block games by ESRB rating, which means you get to decide if your 8-year old can play Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DSi software with an ESRB Rating of E10+ or higher.

Internet Browser: You can block or restrict the use of the internet browser.

Nintendo 3DS Shopping Services: You can restrict the use of credit cards, Nintendo eShop Cards, and online content purchasing in the Nintendo eShop.

Display of 3D Images: You can control whether or not your child can view images in 3D. For kids aged 6 or under, we recommend restriction of the display of 3D images. Nintendo 2DS is only capable of displaying content in 2D, so this option is not included in the Parental Controls settings.

Miiverse: You can control whether or not your child can view and/or post content (like comments, drawings, and in-game screenshots) to Miiverse, Nintendo’s online community of gamers.

Sharing Images/Audio/Video/Long Text Data: You can control whether or not your child can wirelessly transmit content that may contain personal information, such as photos, sounds, animations, and long text data.

Online Interaction: You can control your child’s ability to participate in online play via the internet. You can also restrict the exchange of data between your child and users who aren’t their registered friends.

Friend Registration: You can control your child’s ability to register online friends or invite users to join their friend list.

StreetPass: You can restrict your child’s ability to communicate with other users via the StreetPass feature, a built-in application that lets players wirelessly swap certain gameplay data and more.

DS Download Play: You can restrict the use of DS Download Play, a feature that lets units share one Game Card for multiplayer gameplay on select games.

Viewing Distributed Videos: You can control whether or not your child can view content (rated age 13+) from YouTube and Nintendo video applications.

Child Online Privacy Protection: The Child Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, gives you control over the online collection, use, or disclosure of personal data from children under the age of 13.

 

For Wii and Wii U consoles 

Software Rating: You can block games by ESRB rating, which means you get to decide if your 8-year old can play Wii U software with an ESRB Rating of E10+ or higher.

Online Interaction: You can control your child’s ability to participate in online play via the internet. You can also restrict the exchange of data between your child and users who aren’t their registered friends.

Internet Browser: You can block or restrict the use of the internet browser.

Wii U Shopping Services: You can restrict the use of credit cards, Nintendo eShop Cards, and online content purchasing in the Nintendo eShop.

Miiverse: You can control whether or not your child can view and/or post content (like comments, drawings, and in-game screenshots) to Miiverse, Nintendo’s online community of gamers.

Friend Registration: You can control your child’s ability to register online friends or invite users to join their friend list.

Entertainment Excluding Games: You can restrict streaming video content as well as software with video-playback functions.

Data Management: You can control whether or not your child can transfer or delete software and save data.

Internet Settings: You can block your child from accessing Internet Settings in the System Settings. This lets you protect the settings for your wireless router, among other things.

 

 

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. This way, you'll be able to set appropriate boundaries for your elementary school child and your teenager.

You can easily adjust Parental Control settings based on the age of the person who's currently playing. This way, you'll be able to set appropriate boundaries for your elementary school child and your teenager.

 

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