As the festive season approaches, games consoles will no doubt make an appearance on a
few Christmas lists and with the festive school break, children will have more time to enjoy
gaming. With this in mind, understanding how to ensure your child is safe while gaming online
can be a daunting task, even for the most tech-savvy parents.
In the digital age, online gaming has become a child’s playground, offering them an immersive
experience that supports their connections with friends through the use of in-game chat
functions, multiplayer games and cross-play experiences.
As developers look for more and more ways to encourage positive experiences within the
online community, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) and other online gaming platforms
provide parents and guardians with a number of useful and intuitive parental controls, such as
play-time limits and privacy settings.
Research shows that 60%** of children aged 3-17 play games online, as it becomes
increasingly important to provide young people and their parents with the necessary tools to
enjoy a safer experience while gaming.
Looking to help them along their journey, Internet Matters and SIE have launched a new
interactive quiz for the PlayStation and online community that parents and guardians can take
with their children before they sit down to play.
The innovative new resource – ‘Press Start for PlayStation Safety’ – has been created for
parents and children to complete together by asking a series of questions related to the safetyand privacy features available on PlayStation platforms, as well as educating guardians on
how to set up a child account, adjust security settings and playing time settings.
Aimed at players aged 7+, the interactive quiz will encourage parents and children to work
together to understand good gaming behaviours and the parental controls available on the
console; helping to create a healthy, safe and joyful experience for children while using their
The interactive quiz also provides further advice for parents and guardians from Internet
Matters Ambassador and child psychologist, Dr Linda Papadopoulos, alongside questions and
prompts for parents, guardians and children to discuss openly together.
PlayStation Network (PSN) is one of many platforms that allows children and young people to
socialise through shared play. It gives them a way to play, chat, create and share together
while being supported with tailored safety settings to do it safely and smartly.
While it is widely accepted that there is a clear benefit of socialising while gaming, Internet
Matters recognises the additional support that children and guardians need to do it safely –
with the help of the ‘Press Start for PlayStation Safety’.
The content has been carefully developed so that it is relevant to a global audience, and has
a downloadable certificate for passing the quiz, alongside a downloadable safety companion
This comes as new research from Internet Matters of children aged 9-16 reinforces the
important role that parents play in keeping their kids safe online – as 72% of those surveyed
say they use a games console in a typical month.
The research also reveals nearly one in four kids aged 9-16 using a games console say they
are not confident in knowing how to stay safe online. The biggest issues they face when using
connected tech are spending too much time online (45%), spending money in games/apps
(34%) followed by being contacted by strangers (27%).
More than eight out of 10 (83%) of children who play console games say they would turn to
parents before anyone else for information about staying safe online – yet, tellingly, only
45% had done this after experiencing a problem online.
While only 61% of console players aged 9-16 say they would report content or users who
make comments that are upsetting.
Ghislaine Bombusa, Head of Digital at Internet Matters, said: “There’s an increasing need
to ensure young people stay safe online, whatever they are doing, and our research shows
the majority of children would turn to their parents for help.
“Our interactive quiz developed in partnership with Sony Interactive Entertainment makes it
easier for them to know where to start to support positive experiences for their kids on
“The tool encourages their involvement, making sure they are aware of the latest safety
features and have the confidence to apply them in a way that works best for their family.
“It’s not just about how to set up parental controls, it’s designed to open up conversations
around online safety and give parents more understanding about their child’s gaming
Catherine Jensen VP, Global Consumer Experience, said: “At Sony Interactive Entertainment,
we champion innovation to create safe and joyful gaming experiences for our PlayStation
community, including our youngest and most vulnerable players. We are committed to
providing easy, intuitive tools and information to parents and guardians as they navigate their
children’s gaming experiences. We are proud of our partnership with Internet Matters to further
extend online safety educational resources around gaming to parents, caregivers and players”
Parents can access the quiz on: