Nintendo DSi & Nintendo DSi XL - Settings - Parental Controls

Parental Control settings offer you a means to manage which Nintendo DSi content is accessible to the system users. If you apply Parental Controls, you will be prompted to set a 4-digit PIN which will allow you to adjust the Parental Control settings in the future and also allow you to access content that may be restricted by the Parental Control settings. The Parental Controls default setting is "OFF" which means that the system will allow access to all content unless you change the settings. There is one Parental Controls setting per system, so it is recommended that you put the settings on the most secure that you need for your family and then share the PIN with users who may be allowed access to blocked content.

The Parental Controls setting allows you to manage which Nintendo DSi exclusive and Nintendo DSi-compatible content is accessible to the system users. During the initial setup, you will be asked whether you wish to set up Parental Controls. You can also access the Parental Controls at a later date if you choose.

 

 

List of Features Restricted Through Parental Controls
Enabling Parental Controls allows you to choose whether or not to block the following features.

    Access to Nintendo DSi Exclusive and Compatible Software (ESRB Ratings)
    This setting is based on the Entertainment Software Rating Board ("ESRB") game rating categories. Note that this setting controls Nintendo DSi exclusive and Nintendo DSi compatible software. It does NOT control access to Nintendo DS software or software downloaded via DS Download Play.

    PictoChat
    Restrict the use of PictoChat.

    DS Download Play
    Restrict the use of this application. With DS Download Play, you can download and play certain multiplayer games with other Nintendo DS system users even if you have only one copy of a game. You can also send and receive demos of certain software titles.

    Nintendo DSi Browser
    Restrict the use of the Nintendo DSi Browser to browse the Internet.

    Nintendo DSi Shop
    Restrict the use of Nintendo Points. Please note: this does not block the ability to add Nintendo DSi Points with a credit card or with a Nintendo Points Card. There is no Parental Control setting for restricting the purchase of Nintendo DSi Points.

    Photo Exchange
    Restrict the exchange of photos over local wireless communications using the Nintendo DSi Camera.

    User-Generated Content
    Restrict access to certain user-generated content.

Nintendo DSi Features Automatically Blocked by Parental Controls:
The following features are automatically blocked when Parental Controls are enabled. Each feature can be temporarily accessed by entering the 4-digit PIN. This PIN must be entered each time you want to access the feature. The only way to permanently unblock these features is by removing Parental Controls.

  • Internet Settings
  • Country Settings
  • System Update
  • Format System Memory

 

 

 

How to Set Up Parental Controls:
The Parental Controls setting allows you to manage what Nintendo DSi exclusive and Nintendo DSi compatible content is accessible to the console users. During the initial setup, you will be asked whether you wish to set up Parental Controls.

  1. On the Nintendo DSi Menu, use the stylus to select the Settings ("wrench") icon.
  2. Select the right arrow twice to reach the third page, then select "Parental Controls."
  3. Select "Yes," "Next," then "OK" to reach the PIN screen.
  4. Select "Next," enter a four-digit PIN, then tap "OK." Enter the PIN again to confirm it, then tap "OK" again.
  5. Tap the up/down arrows to scroll through the secret questions. When the desired question is displayed, select "OK" to continue.
  6. Select "OK" again, use the on-screen keyboard to enter an answer to the secret question, then select "OK." The answer must be six or more characters long.
  7. Select "OK," then tap the left/right arrows to scroll to the game rating icon for the highest-rated video game content that's suitable for viewing on the system. Select "OK" to continue.
  8. The system will take you through a number of questions, where you'll choose which features to restrict. Select "yes" to block the feature or "No" to allow it. Select "OK" to confirm your selection.

      PictoChat
      You can block access to the PictoChat application. Parents who wish to monitor what messages their children can receive from other Nintendo DSi or Nintendo DSi XL systems through local wireless communication may find this useful.

      DS Download Play
      You can block access to DS Download Play. This will prevent game data from being sent to the system. With DS Download Play, you can download and play certain multiplayer games with other Nintendo DS system users even if you have only one copy of a game. You can also send and receive demos of certain software titles.

      Nintendo DSi Browser
      If you have the Nintendo DSi Browser, you can block access to this and prevent any browsing of Internet websites.

      Nintendo DSi Points
      You can restrict the use of Nintendo DSi points in the Nintendo DSi Shop. This does not block the purchase of points with a Credit Card, nor does it block the redemption of points by entering a Nintendo Points card.

      Exchange of Photo Data
      You can block the ability to exchange photos with other Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL systems over a local wireless area.

      Restrict Access to User-Created Content
      This will block certain user-created content. For example, games or applications might allow the exchange of user-created levels, artwork, etc.

  9. Select "Yes" to save the Parental Control settings and return to the System Settings menu.

 

 

 

How to Remove Parental Controls:
Use the information below to remove any Parental Controls that have been put in place.

  1. On the Nintendo DSi Menu, use the stylus to select the Settings ("wrench") icon.
  2. Select the right arrow twice to reach the third page, then select "Parental Controls."
  3. Select "Yes," to change the parental controls.
  4. You will be prompted for your 4-digit PIN.

    • If you know the PIN, select the empty text box and enter the PIN using the on-screen keyboard, then select "OK" to continue.
    • If you don't know the PIN, select "I forgot," then select the empty text box for the answer to the secret question and enter it using the on-screen keyboard. Select "OK" to continue.
    • If you do not know the answer to your Secret Question, tap "I Forgot."
    • The screen below will appear. Look at the top of the upper screen to see the date your system is set to, and make sure it is today's correct date.

      • If the date is incorrect, it will need to be changed in order for us to assist you (how to).
    • Type your eight-digit Inquiry Number in the box below and click "Continue."
    • Note: You must contact us on the same day that you get your Inquiry Number from the Nintendo 3DS.

Inquiry Number:

 

 

 

How to Change the Parental Controls:
Follow the directions below to make changes to any existing Parental Controls.

  1. On the Nintendo DSi Menu, use the stylus to select the Settings ("wrench") icon.
  2. Select the right arrow twice to reach the third page, then select "Parental Controls."
  3. Select "Yes," to change the parental controls.
  4. You will be prompted for your 4-digit PIN.

    • If you know the PIN, select the empty text box and enter it using the on-screen keyboard, then select "OK" to continue.
    • If you don't know the PIN, select "I forgot," then select the empty text box for the answer to the secret question and enter it using the on-screen keyboard. Select "OK" to continue.
    • If you don't know either the PIN or the secret question, the Parental Controls will need to be reset. Please call 1-800-255-3700 for assistance.
  5. Select "PIN" to change the PIN or "Change Settings" to update the setting you wish to change. Once the changes are made, select "Done" to confirm any changes.

 

 

 

How to Block All/Some Web Content
In order to browse the Internet on a Nintendo DSi or Nintendo DSi XL, you must have the Nintendo DSi Browser (more info). You can block the use of the Nintendo DSi Browser completely, or restrict certain content.

    Completely Block the Use of the Nintendo DSi Browser:

    1. Select "Yes" to "Restrict the use of Nintendo DSi Browser?" while setting up Parental Controls.

     

    Use Content Filtering to Block Inappropriate Content:

    Some companies offer a Proxy service that can be used to filter web content. For information about setting up these services, you will need to contact the company directly.

      How to Set Up Content Filtering

      1. On the main menu of the Nintendo DSi, tap the "Web" icon to launch the Nintendo DSi Browser.

      2. On the the start page, tap "Settings."
      3. Scroll down until you reach a box labeled "Proxy," and click on it to reach the Proxy Settings menu.
      4. Select "Use proxy" to highlight the proxy fields.
      5. Enter in the appropriate Proxy information (Server and Port number).
        • This information is obtained from the company hosting the proxy service.
      6. If you want to use the proxy to access HTTPS (secure web sites), select "Use for HTTPS." (This is optional.)
      7. Setting a username and password will require them to be entered to unlock the proxy settings in the future. To set this, select "Use proxy authentication." Then, enter a username and password into the appropriate boxes. (This is optional.)
      8. When you are finished, select "OK" to save your settings and return to the Start Page.