Gaming Consoles

Many parents don’t realize that a gaming console can also be an Internet gateway – including to the web and chat rooms.  Some gaming consoles can be used to watch DVDs or TV as well.  Fortunately, all major gaming consoles now come with parental controls – no need to buy or even download anything.  Different gaming consoles offer different options, but all offer the ability to enforce the ESRB game ratings, as well as shut off Internet access, making them fairly safe for even young children – when configured properly.

  Parental Controls for Gaming Consoles Product Comparison (1 page)

  Full Parental Controls 2010 Product Guide (36 pages)

We Recommend:
Ages up to 7:       Use parental controls to enforce age-appropriate game ratings, disable Internet access.
Ages 8 to 10:       Use parental controls to enforce age-appropriate game ratings, disable Internet access.
Ages 11 to 13:     Use parental controls to enforce age-appropriate game ratings, use online features with caution.
Ages 14 to 17:  Use parental controls to enforce age-appropriate game ratings, manage contacts and online interaction.

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