Setting up gaming consoles this festive season

Get consoles and video gaming platforms set up safely before gifting with simple how-to guides and expert advice.

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Gifting a console this festive season?

Did you know they all come with free parental controls that help you to limit things like the time children spend playing, who they interact with and what additional purchases they can make?

How to set controls on video games and consoles

If you are planning to buy a games console for your family this festive season, taking the time to set some simple controls on the device before placing it under the tree is essential.

All consoles have various free pre-installed controls and we have step-by-step guides on how to set them up to help your child play safely and responsibly. It’s really easy to do. Find a list of all our gaming consoles and platform how-to guides to get started.

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Although setting parental controls and safety settings can create a safety net for children to play online, it’s equally important to stay engaged with what children are doing and equip them with coping strategies to deal with potential risks, as well as ways in which to create a positive play experience for you and your children. Here are a few resources to follow-up with a conversation once you’ve set up their device.

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