You can set up the PS Vita to prevent access to games and videos which may not be suitable for the age of the child using the console. The parental control features on the PS Vita require you to be signed into an account on the console. This can be a completely new account, or your PSN account from another PlayStation console.

PlayStation Network
If you don’t have one already, you will need to set up a PlayStation Network account to use many of the online features of the PS Vita.

Sony provides two types of PlayStation Network accounts, Master and sub-accounts. Master accounts are for users over 18, while sub-accounts are for users aged 7 to 17. Only a master account holder can set up a sub-account, and the master account holder is responsible for and should supervise the sub-account holder (see Terms of Service at https://www.playstation.com/en-gb/legal/ for more information). As a master account holder, you can set controls to limit what your child can see and do on the PlayStation Network.

For more information on Master and Sub Accounts please visit http://faq.en.playstation.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/169/~/sub-accounts-and-master-accounts.

1.    To manage Sub Accounts, or Privacy Settings go to Settings, then PSN, and sign in to your PlayStation Network account.


Sub Account Management
1.    In PSN, scroll down to and select Sub Account Management, then select the Sub Account you wish to manage.

2.    Allow or block Chat messages - If you select [Do Not Allow], the sub account will still receive chat invitation messages, but the sub account will not be able to join the chat.

3.    Monthly Spending Limit – Limit the total amount the sub account can spend on content in a calendar month. Funds can only be added to the wallet by the master account.


Privacy Settings
1.    In PSN, scroll down to and select Privacy Settings.

2.    Share your Friends List with: Anyone, Friends of Friends, Friends Only or No One.

3.    Share your Activities with: Anyone, Friends of Friends, Friends Only or No One.
Activities are records of things you have done on PlayStation products (such as clearing game stages, earning trophies and buying products).

4.    Receive Friend Requests from: Anyone, Friends of Friends or No One.

5.    Receive Messages from: Anyone, Friends of Friends or No One.

6.    Show your Trophies to: Anyone, Friends of Friends, Friends Only or No One.

7.    You can also select ‘Privacy Policy’ to view the Terms of Service and User Agreement, Privacy Policy, Contact Sony, Health Warnings, Ratings and Parental Controls, Copyright and Trademark Notices, and Software Usage Terms.


Parental Controls
Parental Controls can usually be found either on the home screen, or in the system or security  settings. Their exact location and options available are subject to change with system updates. We advise that you periodically review the parental controls to ensure they still meet your security requirements. For the latest information, refer to the online user's guide at http://manuals.playstation.net/document/gb/psvita/.


These controls are protected by a 4-digit passcode. You will need the passcode to set up the parental controls, to switch them off or to change them. When you set the parental controls for the first time, you will be asked to set the passcode. We advise you not to share the passcode with your child. If you forget your passcode you will need to restore your PS Vita to its original settings.

As these controls affect the operation of your PS Vita, you may, at times choose to override them to allow an adult to access content.

Features
Here you can restrict the use of the system’s features such as the Browser application, PlayStation Store, and Location Data.

Browser
You can prevent use of the PS Vita internet browser.
    
Note that this control will not prevent the launch of applications available on the PS Vita which automatically link to the internet.

You can also choose to subscribe to Trend Micro Web Security, a security service that prevents your child from accessing harmful websites.

PlayStation Store
This is an online shopping application for purchasing content such as games and videos. Demos and promotional videos can also be downloaded for free.

Location Data
Some PS Vita games and services collect and use the geographical location of the PS Vita user. You can prevent the collection of your child’s location data. This control may be set by default to prevent the collection and use of location data by the PS Vita user. If so, you need to change the setting to allow the use of such data however, in certain regions, this control may apply automatically to some games and services for children under 13 years of age and cannot be overridden by the parent.

Note: If you leave this control on, it will prevent your child from using certain games and services which require location data.

Games
Here you can prevent access to games and videos based on a combination of Parental Control Level and the age rating of the content concerned.

Note: Some content may not be age rated. Even when using parental controls, you should regularly monitor your child’s use of the PS Vita.

You can set the Parental Control Level on the PS Vita to ‘Off’ or choose from Parental Control Levels 1 to 11. The default setting is 9.

Parental Control Levels are not age ratings used by any specific rating body, and not all content is encoded with them. For games, the Parental Control Levels correspond approximately to the following PEGI ratings:

•    PCL 1 can view content suitable for all ages but cannot view content for ages 3 and above.
•    PCL 2 can view content suitable for age 3 but cannot view content for ages 7 and above. PEGI 3.
•    PCL 3 can view content suitable for age 7 but cannot view content for ages 10 and above. PEGI 7.
•    PCL 4 can view content suitable for age 10 but cannot view content for ages 12 and above.
•    PCL 5 can view content suitable for age 12 but cannot view content for ages 15 and above. PEGI 12.
•    PCL 6 can view content suitable for age 15 but cannot view content for ages 16 and above.
•    PCL 7 can view content suitable for age 16 but cannot view content for ages 17 and above. PEGI 16.
•    PCL 8 can view content suitable for age 17 but cannot view content for ages 18 and above.
•    PCL 9 can view content suitable for age 18 but cannot view content for ages 18* and above. PEGI 18.
•    PCL 10 can view content suitable for age 18* but cannot view content for ages above 18.
•    PCL 11 can view all content.
* Applies to some video content.


Play Duration
Here you can restrict the duration that the PS Vita can be played either per day, a daily total, or just for today.

Note: Playing duration does not include the time while using the Parental Controls application or updating the system software.


For further information please visit Sony at http://manuals.playstation.net/document/gb/psvita/.