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How to Adjust Nintendo Switch Parental Controls

When it comes to online gaming, you probably imagine your kid sitting at the computer. While many kids still play games on their computers, the online gaming world has expanded to the gaming consoles that hook to the TV, smartphones, and tablets.

These days, modern gaming systems are connected to the Net, providing access to the incorporate chatrooms, voice-enabled chats, and message boards.

While gaming consoles is a good way for youngsters to creatively interact and engage with their peers and friends, there is also a risk of being exposed to cyberbullying, identity theft or grooming while using gaming consoles.

In this article, we will talk about Nintendo Switch console to help parents to be sure their kids use device wisely and safely.

What Nintendo Switch is?

The Nintendo Switch is a new game console that can be used in three ways: be connected to the TV, tablet or handheld device. It is possible to play both in single and multiplayer modes, as well as online, interacting with people around the world.

Is it Safe?

It can be safe if it is used responsively, but in most cases kids become too involved in gaming, mixing real and virtual worlds. Also, video gaming industry may be used as a gateway by abusers to commit hundreds of offenses against children.

The most common thing for gaming is cyberbullying. A person who uses inappropriate language bullies others or harasses the beginners to the game is called griefer.

If your kid is cyberbullied on the gaming platforms, teach them to:

  • Ignore cyberbullies
  • End the game
  • Use block features
  • Create a private game with people they know in real-life
  • Use nicknames that don`t contain any identity information
  • Keep personal information private so the griefer will not be able to harass your kid outside the game

Apart from cyberbullying, online games can expose kids to X-Rated materials and discussions. Even if a game seems innocent, the other user can send a link to a sexually explicit website or discuss adult topics. Also, it is necessary to point out that even age-specific online games can pose potential risks, as for child abuser it is very easy to lure a kid into their trap, pretending to be the same age. Kids often feel they can trust a person who is the same age as they are.

How to Set Up Nintendo Switch Parental Controls

There are two available methods to enable Nintendo Switch parental controls: through the console Home menu or via the Parental Controls App. Here is a guide on how to set time limits, content restrictions and bedtime reminders with Nintendo Switch Parental Controls.

Method 1. Using the Switch Console

This method is simpler and faster than the second one but is limited in options. It allows to screen software by age, restrict access to social media and limit communication with unknown people.

  1. Go to the Home Menu and choose System Settings;
  2. Opt Parental Controls and then Parental Controls Settings;
  3. Choose Use This Console to set local controls;
  4. Set custom content and communication permissions or choose age-related preset under Restriction level.

There are three main choices:

 What age range is appropriate for your kid;

Whether Switch images and updates can be shared on social media or not;

If your kid can interact with other users through the chat or messages.

Note! You can change these settings later, entering your PIN code.

Method 2: Using Nintendo Switch Parental Control App

This method is more complicated and time-taking than the previous one but provides more controls and monitoring options.

Using the app, parents can limit daily use, view what games are used on the console and schedule “lights out.” You can also set notifications informing you when these limits are exceeded.

  1. Download the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls App (from Google Play or App Store) and install it;
  2. Launch the app and create your Nintendo account;
  3. Tap Use this Account to back to the Parental Controls App;
  4. Choose Next and enter the 6-digit registration code that pop-ups on your device;
  5. Go to the Home Menu and choose System Settings;
  6. Opt Parental Controls and then Parental Controls Settings;
  7. Choose Use your Smart Device and configure parental controls;
  8. Input your registration code to confirm that you`ve installed the app;

Once the registration is finished, you can use the set up Nintendo Switch Parental Controls App. The setting up process is similar to the Console method, but this one has more additional options:

  • Daily Screen Time Limits: set amount of time your kid is allowed to play every day (from no limit to six hours);
  • Bedtime Alarm: choose when it is high time to finish gameplay and go to bed (from 6 pm to 11.45 pm);
  • Suspended Software: choose whether you want to stop the game once the limits are reached or simply get a notification without interrupting a play.

For better protection, you may use additional parental control, for instance, Kidgy low-cost cyber nanny. It helps not just block unwanted apps and sites but also helps parents to supervise their kid`s texts, calls, GPS location, set safe and dangerous zones, educate kids remotely and even informs when kids need immediate intervention.

Parenting a kid in the era of digital technologies may be difficult and challenging. But it doesn’t mean that you need to isolate them from everything. Having a conversation with your kid about their console usage alongside with parental controls may help to protect your kid from potential risks and prevent taking their device away.


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