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.
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.
We could be heading for another recession as prices for food and essentials continue to rise.
Credit card companies are exploiting consumers by offering initial long periods of free interest, followed by cripplingly high rates after the bonus period.
A large number of families are using credit cards to pay for essentials, not luxuries – breadwinners are trapped on zero-hours contracts with fluctuating earnings, which don’t make it easy to budget for outgoings.
With the family controls it gets even more granular, setting hours they can play, who they can speak to etc etc.
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.
This may have been the case back in the days before the internet, where it was highly unlikely some of the bad stuff you heard about was ever going to affect you, but in today's information age, the chances one will be targeted, and the ease with which it can be done, and the relatively large number of people who don't take basic measures to protect themselves just exasberbate a problem which is generally being ignored.
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.
We’re the cautious, relatively frugal section of the population.