The Wii can be fun for the whole family, but like any digital device that connects to the Internet there are certain precautions that parents should take to keep their kids safe. Just like the Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360, when the Wii is connected to the Internet it becomes a gaming console AND a peer-to-peer communication tool. Without the proper parental controls enabled, your children can easily access the Wii’s Internet browser, make credit card purchases in the Wii Shop and communicate with other Wii players, and subsequently strangers, around the world.
As you may already know, my three younger children love playing games on the Wii. But like most families, we also use the Wii for Internet-based services like Netflix, so setting the parental controls is a huge benefit to our family. Luckily for you, the video guide below shows just how easy it is to do that.
If you prefer photos over video (some of us do), or if you want details on specific features that you’re blocking, you can refer to this guide that I wrote last December.