We need good parental controls
Really in need of Good parental controls like on iPhone.
Holy cow - no parental controls? Have u lost your mind? Please get that up and running. Tremendous device so much awesome potential but you cannot have kids in this without guardrails.
Facebook has no problem censoring 'misinformation' -they- deem will 'harm' users, however they refuse to put basic parental controls on these. That's a really hypocrital double standard.
Reuben Deeley commented
bro im 21 and with aporn addiction that im trying to escape. nothing to do with bad parenting but it would be cool to be able to block it
yuda lapidus commented
i'm not asking for something complicated just a simple password/pin overlay block for the oculus browser its as simple as that.
Jason Fitt commented
Yes, we most certainly do need parental controls. Why? Because you can access porn from the browser, not to mention possible mature games. I have a 10 yr old daughter and 13 yr old son. PLEASE add parental controls. EVERY other gaming platform has parental controls: Sony, Steam, Nintendo, Microsoft (for both PC and Xbox). Why not Oculus? This is ridiculous! And I'd like to respond to Anonymous down there from Jan 26, 2020 who says we're all "wrong" and we need to "think harder". Do you have children? Do you let them have free access to the internet to potentially expose them to porn, and play whatever game they want? If you have kids and think they won't get curious and look means you are delusional. My kids wanted the Quest, and I'd like them to have the quest. My kids have an Xbox, Laptop and Nintendo Switch in their rooms because I can block inappropriate content, set time limits, etc. That's not possible with the Quest. It pisses me off.
BLAINE LOVETT commented
Hello I’m a young kid (mom says I can’t say age) and I want to convince my mom to let me get an oculus quest and no parental controls might be a deal breaker so please add parental controls
BISM Normalizer commented
Oculus, please fix this! Give us something, even if basic way of blocking browsing. We need something. There is a bunch of kids out there deprived of VR because of this.
This is complete bull, So I got the quest last year, i'm 15. Me and my parents went to Best Buy to check it out. We did a free demo there that a lady that worked for oculus showed us. When my parents asked about parental controls, the lady from oculus told my parents that we could restrict the use of the oculus browser, block certain game ratings, set a parental control pin, and not allow us to be able to interact with online players. Well... When the quest came, there were no parental controls and my brother was playing an online game and someone said some inappropriate things, he told my parents and the quest was gone. I'm not very happy with oculus and I would get another oculus quest if oculus just put parental controls and set time limits.
I'm in complete agreement that parental controls are a necessary improvement.
The price point of the Quest means that if you're lucky enough to afford it, you'll have at most one for the whole household. And a giant part of inviting VR into the home is giving kids the opportunity to experience this new medium - particularly with titles like "Henry" and "The Room" and "Beat Saber" -- all of which would have seemed like magic to me when I was the age my kids are now.
But if you're the kind of person who's willing to commit to the purchase price, then you're not doing it for your kids alone. You want to either develop for the device, or be entertained yourself by titles like "Arizona Sunshine" or "Accounting+" or "Trover Saves the Universe" -- none of which is appropriate for kids, IMO.
The sideloading argument is a fair point, but if a kid is savvy enough to obtain and sideload a illicit APK to a Quest, then your issue isn't parental controls -- it's coding classes.
Solution is easy: bake a feature into the navigation (which is the only way to access titles while the Quest is engaged, AFAIK) that allows parents to require a pin code in order to launch apps they specify. Default is that all apps just launch. But parents can specify apps that only launch if the pin code is entered. You're not hacking android to do this, you're updating the Quest OS, which is an overlay that Oculus 100% controls.
Of course it's still up to the parent to parent -- meaning it's on us to select the "protected" titles. That's entirely acceptable.
Kids can use the headset and share it with friends to watch **** or violence without the parents even be able to check what they are doing in front of them, yes this is a concern. The internet browsers should be accessible with a parental code at least.
The quest is an android device, I guess this is why it won’t happen. You can just sideload anything and so bypass the store. And even if Oculus blocks this, kids probably find a way like they ever do in such cases. They have way more free time to bypass age restrictions than a coder at Oculus HQ has to code that feature.
Oculus doesn’t have to include this feature and I’m glad because this feature literally is a symbol of bad parenting.
If you can’t trust your kids operating any device by the parameters you set for them you probably have way bigger problems than a freaking "vr toy", just saying...
It's ludicrous that there are no parental controls - at the very least time constraints to limit the amount of time it can be used.
I agree that parental controls are needed. I bought this for my 14 year old teenager for Christmas and he accessed inappropriate sites with his friends. I had to take it away from him. I DONT RECOMMEND PURCHASE.
Lev Vayner commented
As a parent that just purchased the quest, I am deeply troubled. The chat and social apps can be fun, but without parental controls I have a 10 year old that has 21 year old walking up and using words nd topics completely inappropriate for a child.
Parental controls are a must.
We will not buy the Quest until it has some form of parental controls. We just sold our Go because of this issue. About every electronic device has some form of controls, so it's pretty odd Oculus does nothing. Do what you want, but I know many adults in my own circle who won't buy it for this reason.
Sorry but most of you people are just down right wrong to blame oculus/Facebook
They have no obligation to put content restrictions
And go the people who say that they will return / not buy this because of no parental controls should think much harder
Ben Arnold commented
so i ave been saving for to oculus quest for about 6 months now and last night it was in my amazon cart all i had to do was get my moms permeation. Well i beat you can guess what she says... "it must have some sort of parietal controls blah blah blah...." I recently form a Reddit post that stated that you can restrict the web browser with your router (it works for me, i have a google WiFi) so that is one problem solved. Also she was rely hesitate on the fact that I (a 15 yr old) can down load any app i want. but i could just show her the apps i down load. In conclusion it would be great if Oculus could just add parental controls maybe now in the headset but maybe in the app.
Lynne Spencer commented
Definitely need parental controls, a child can install live chat games for free!!!!!!!!
C Lund’s commented
I get that parents need to parent. But the options right now seem to be, buy a VR and realize your kid may wander into a porn sight without you knowing it (I only allow my kid to use his Quest in our living room, but I can’t hear or see what he’s watching, so how would I know??). Or, don’t buy a VR. I think what we’re asking for is simple- a control to eliminate web browser access, and perhaps restrict App Store purchases (my kid always asks before making a purchase, but the porn crap scares me).
Obviously a lot of the responders don’t have kids or they are ********* ***** whose parents ******* hated them.