Nintendo DSi & Nintendo DSi XL - Privacy Questions for Parents

Nintendo strives to create an environment that is fun and safe for users of all ages. To help us meet this goal, we encourage parents to learn more about the safety features of our products and participate with their kids as they play the Nintendo DSi. We have provided the information below to help you protect your privacy and that of your family.

The Nintendo DSi comes with optional Parental Controls which give parents the ability to decide what information their children can share with other people. For example, you can choose to enable Parental Controls to block some of the Nintendo DSi features, such as the ability to exchange photos with other Nintendo DSi systems or the ability to chat wirelessly with PictoChat. Whether or not you choose to enable Parental Controls, we highly recommend that you educate your children on the importance of not sharing any personally identifiable information about themselves with strangers when using the Nintendo DSi. Make sure your children know not to use personally identifiable information such as their name, age, email address, home address, phone number or birth date when creating their Nintendo DSi nickname, a user name, screen name or for any services offered through the Nintendo DSi.

In this section you will learn about:
Internet vs. Wireless - What's the Difference?
Sharing Photos
PictoChat (chatting wirelessly)
Online Gaming (Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection)
Multiplayer Gaming (wireless, not online)
Parental Supervision
Safeguard Your Personal Info When Selling Your System

Other Relevant Links
Parental Controls (how to set up, what you can restrict)
Nintendo DSi Privacy Policy
ESRB Rating And Descriptor Information

Internet vs. Wireless - What's the Difference?
The Nintendo DSi cannot access the Internet unless you take active steps to connect it. The Nintendo DSi does, however, come pre-installed with wireless communication features, which allow you to chat or share photos with other Nintendo DS system owners on a local wireless connection of up to approximately 65 feet.

    Internet Access
    The Nintendo DSi does not come pre-installed with internet access. To access the internet through your Nintendo DSi, you must first download the Nintendo DSi Browser. Learn more. As with any internet browsing, be cautious before providing personally identifiable information to any third party website. If you decide to provide personally identifiable information to any third party website, the sharing of such information will be subject to the privacy policy of that company, not Nintendo' s privacy policy. Parental Controls: You can block access to the Nintendo DSi Browser. This will prevent any browsing of internet websites (how to).

    Wireless Communication
    With the Nintendo DSi system's wireless capabilities you can communicate with up to 15 other Nintendo DS system owners within range of your system (approximately 65 feet). This includes sharing photos with the Nintendo DSi Camera and chatting with PictoChat. In addition, some games may have similar communication features programmed into the game. For information on how a specific game uses wireless communication, please refer to the instruction booklet for that game.

Sharing Photos
The Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL allow you to share photos in two ways: over a local wireless connection with other Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL owners, or by saving the photos to an SD Card. The systems cannot display images created on other devices (such as cell phones or digital cameras). Only photos created with the Nintendo DSi Camera can be used on the systems.

    The Nintendo DSi Camera
    The Nintendo DSi system comes with an interactive digital camera with 11 different "lenses" that can manipulate your photos in fun and creative ways. In addition to being saved directly on the Nintendo DSi system, these photos can also be saved to an SD Card. Whether the photos are on the system or an SD Card, the photos can only be shared wirelessly with other Nintendo DSi owners. Parental Controls: You can block the ability to wirelessly exchange photos with other Nintendo DSi systems (how to).

    SD Cards
    You can save photos to an SD Card and transfer them to another Nintendo DSi. You can also use your SD Card on any other device that can read images from an SD Card, such as a home computer. This makes them portable, where they can be edited and uploaded to the internet or printed without the permission of the photo's creator.

    Printing photos
    You cannot print images from the Nintendo DSi, but once saved to an SD Card, the photos can be printed from another device that reads SD Card images (such as a home computer).

PictoChat (chatting wirelessly)
PictoChat is not an Internet application, and therefore is not monitored. PictoChat depends on wireless communication so it only allows you to chat with people within approximately 65 feet of your Nintendo DSi. This means PictoChat does not block messages from strangers. Parental Controls: You can block access to the PictoChat application (how to).

    PictoChat Details:
    • PictoChat works with up to 15 people.
    • Users must choose to activate PictoChat and enter one of the four available rooms to send or receive messages. Messages can include hand-drawn words and pictures.
    • Any user can change their nickname at any time. As such, there is no guarantee you are chatting with the person you think you are.
    • When you are in a PictoChat room, you can see when new people enter the chat room as their user names appear on the screen
    • During system set-up, you are able to choose a nickname, create a personal message, and enter your month and day of birth. This information is used by the PictoChat application.
    • Whatever date you choose to enter as your month and day of birth (year is not asked for), an "It's your birthday" message will be communicated in the chat room on that date.
    • Users can not receive PictoChat messages while they are playing games on their Nintendo DSi.
    • Be sure children know how to identify when someone has entered the chat room. See the Nintendo DSi instruction booklet for more information. Parents should be sure to educate their children on these details.

Online Gaming (Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection)
With the Nintendo DSi and a Wi-Fi compatible game, players can connect with other gamers all over the world.

    Important Details for Online Gaming:
    • To protect your children’ s privacy, make sure they know not to give out personally identifiable information such as their first and last name, phone number, birth date, age, email address, or home address when communicating with others.
    • With Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection games, you can play against anyone in the world, which usually means you are playing against people you do not know. Online gaming can be fun, but it opens you up to potentially inappropriate user-created content (such as user names, game levels, in-game chats, etc.).
    • We recommend that parents encourage their children to use Friend Codes to ensure that they only play online with people they know and trust. Sharing Friend Codes allows children to limit who they play with for a safer online gaming experience. Click here to learn how to share Friend Codes.
    • Please note that if you or your child decide to provide personally identifiable information to any third party (such as a game publisher) it is subject to the privacy policy of that company, not Nintendo' s privacy practices. Be cautious before providing any personally identifiable information to any third party.

Multiplayer Gaming (wireless, not online)
With the Nintendo DSi, gamers can link to other players for multiplayer action, all without the use of cables. In fact, some titles are designed so that only one player needs a game in their system - everyone else simply downloads it from player one. If a game has multiplayer action, it can function within a range of approximately 65 feet. Parental Controls: You can restrict access to user-created content, such as user-created levels or artwork (how to).

Parental Supervision
You should supervise your children’ s use of the Nintendo DSi at all times and assist them with the setup of the Nintendo DSi. Watch what games your children are playing and talk about games with them and others as often as possible. You can never have too much knowledge about the games your children are playing. If at any time you want to stop your children’ s use of online or interactive features of the Nintendo DSi, you can restrict access using the Parental Controls setting (click here for more information). Consider your child's unique personality, level of maturity and abilities. Every child is different, and parents should use their judgment in deciding which games and interactive features of the Nintendo DSi are appropriate for their children. To review Nintendo's buying guide, click here.

Safeguard Your Personal Info When Selling Your System
For your protection, prior to selling or transferring your or your child’ s Nintendo DSi, please be sure to clean and securely remove all of personally identifiable information including any pictures and all other stored sensitive information on the Nintendo DSi. For information on how to wipe your Nintendo DSi clean of all such information, please click here.

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