Xbox 360 Console Safety settings allow parents and caregivers to manage their children's offline access to games, movies, and video content, and even the amount of time they use the console. Parents can also block access to Xbox LIVE, the online service for Xbox 360 and prohibit new account creation. For more information about Xbox LIVE Online Safety settings, visit GetGameSmart.com/tools/setcontrols.
1. On your console, go to Settings, then select Family.
· Not seeing Family Center or Family Settings? You might be using an older version of the console software. Click here for more information.
2. Turn Console Safety “On.”
· Before you can save any Console Safety Settings, you must create and enter a four-button pass code and a secret question and secret answer.
· Now you can customize each Console Safety setting below.
Age-Appropriate Games. To choose the appropriate games for your Xbox 360:
- In Family Settings select Game Ratings.
- Select the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) rating level you deem appropriate.
- If you’d like to exempt a particular video game from the ESRB rating you’ve already chosen, put the game in the console and override the rating restriction using your secret pass code.
- You will be asked if you want to add an exemption to the Game Rating section. After the exception is set, no one on the console has to use a pass code to play the game. You can set exceptions for up to 25 games.
- Exemptions can be removed within Console Safety Settings, Game Exemptions.
Movie/TV viewing Ratings. Movie and TV Rating controls allow you to choose the type of movie and TV content that can be viewed on your Xbox 360 console. You can set movie ratings and TV ratings, and block explicit and unrated content.
Family Timer. The Family Timer allows you to control the amount of time your child uses Xbox 360 on a daily or weekly basis. Visit GetGameSmart.com/hints/xboxfamilytimer/to learn more about the Family Timer.
Xbox LIVE access and membership creation. Choose to either block or allow access to Xbox LIVE or block the creation of new Xbox LIVE accounts. If Xbox LIVE access is allowed you can still use existing profiles.
Important: Console Safety settings apply to everyone who uses your Xbox 360 console, so if an older member of the household wants to play a more mature game or play for a longer period of time, parents can temporarily override the settings by entering your secret pass code.