Netflix offers an enormous library of entertainment for you and your family. However, the platform has a ton of age-inappropriate content that children can stumble across. Fret not — Netflix enables parents to set parental controls on the content their kids watch and restrict access to mature content, so they are exposed to shows fitted for their age.
Below, we’ve explained how you can easily set up parental controls on Netflix.
As of April 2020, Netflix also rolled out a few more parental controls that let you know what your kids are watching, block certain shows and set up a profile with specific movies and shows appropriate for kids and teenagers.
Before their new parental controls, Netflix only had a “Kids” profile that limited content to only kid-friendly content. But, the Kids profile was quite limiting, especially for older kids who could watch some mature shows, but not rated-R content.
In any case, parental controls are a great way to help your kid learn to make appropriate choices and teach them how to manage screen time independently. Of course, parental controls have the best effect if you have a conversation with your kids about why you are restricting their access to some content.
You can set up parental control both through the Netflix app and on your web browser. However, it’s best if you do it through your web browser, as it allows more options.
On the Viewing Restrictions page, you can block specific movies or shows that you think are not appropriate for your kids.
If you’ve set the Viewing Restriction, but you still want to keep an eye on your kid’s watching activity on Netflix, you can do that too. This is how:
You can also visit your profile's Viewing Activity and delete 'Recently Watched' on Netflix from your viewing history if you want to keep it clean and not get the recently watched list popping up on your profile all the time.
If you don’t want your kids to access any of your other family members’ profiles and watch content with no restrictions, you can lock away other profiles behind a profile pin code. To do this:
Now, other family members' accounts will be locked behind a password without the risk of your kid accidentally opening them and accessing inappropriate content. You can also use the profile pin code to lock your kid's profile if you want to control their watch time on Netflix.
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Netflix provides a vast array of entertainment options for the whole family, but it's essential to set up parental controls to ensure your children only access age-appropriate content.
With the platform's easy-to-use parental control features, you can restrict access to certain shows, monitor your child's viewing activity, and even secure profiles with a PIN.
In this article, we described how to set up parental controls on Netflix, which allows you to create a safe and enjoyable streaming experience for your kids.