Except no one uses them and if something were to get weird with a kid in say Minecraft the story doesn't change regardless of whether parental controls were there.
When so much of Nintendos bottom line relies on younger kids, I'm not going to disparage them for taking the super safe route.
IMO, there should be a big ol' piece of paper in the box informing parents of what parental features exist, and a way for them to look up the reasons for such things.
Parents are too trusting of their children, and often think their child is smart enough to recognize when they're being targeted, so basic precautionary measures should be adopted.
@Weeb, If you're going to be an absentee parent that's on you and I feel sorry for your kids.
However, if you pay any attention at all to what your child is doing, then this would be a non issue.
I've messaged her a couple of times being polite. Thought it was just a random gamer as she's not said anything unusual yet. A college girl who was bored on her break cause her "friends were busy" she said "hey I have an idea if you're up for a little fun" Didnt respond after that just thought, hey beach get outta here I'm playing Persona 5 lol Edit: oh and she told me she loved playing Overwatch lol Thought i was the only one!
The last time I got this message I played along to see what they were up to.It's sad that these companies should have to try to inform better, but it's also sad the media likes to make this into the fault of the console maker, instead of trying to make the perpetrator the actual problem, and using the oppurtunity to actually inform parents that certain features exist.Some are more responsible, but when's the last time you saw more than a paragraph that these features existed at the end of an article or report on such matters.As a adult myself, can take care of myself but children is different. Your network is all over the news, but the story isn't PSN is the place to play games this summer; Instead it's "An innocent game of Fifa has gone awry, Billy was working on his corner kick when he received messages from "Sally"" The Xbox One and PS4 have parental controls, hell I'm pretty positive the 360 had them too.With the family controls it gets even more granular, setting hours they can play, who they can speak to etc etc.