This new PlayStation online safety site is a great way to check your child’s gaming health

Playing games online connected my kids to their friends when they couldn’t meet in person. They were part of family life before, but now playing online has become the norm.

With this increase in usage, it’s important to understand how online gaming services use their information. I read about it on PlayStation recently Blog where he introduces a new Online Safety, Account Security and Privacy to place. This is a good overview of how they handle profile data, chat and messaging information, content sharing, and how to report inappropriate behavior.

Regardless of what platform you use to play online, this is a good set of areas to make sure you understand. Your console and associated accounts should allow you to specify how you want this information to be used.

In my family, we spent time working in the security and privacy center. Before doing this, I thought it was already set up the way I wanted. But there were a few areas I was happy to revisit (now my kids are older) and tweak the settings.

Some things we did were specify who kids could befriend and message. They have a long list of friends on PlayStation, so we’ve set it up to only enable “Close Friends” so we can see their name and activity.

We have also changed the chat settings. Here, I decided to allow them to create Parties with Messaging. I’d rather have them play here than migrate to services like Discord which I then have to manage separately.

With this setup, we spent some time checking in with the kids for any troubling interactions from other players. They said they were fine, but enjoyed seeing how to block or report other players’ behavior.

Once all of this was set up, I applied two-step verification for added security. This means they sometimes have to ask me for a code to log in, but I like that. Not only is it safer, but it means I can check in with them if they’re connecting to a new device or a friend’s.

If you want to experience a similar hour of security and privacy with your family, the playstation hub is a good starting point. And he has this handy presentation video:

I enjoyed both understanding how PlayStation uses our information to provide personalized service, as well as how to control things on our devices. It’s this growing literacy and understanding that really helps parents make informed choices about their family’s gaming habits.

Amanda J. Marsh