Netflix is a great streaming platform for kids and parents. They have a seperate option for kid’s content and tons of great shows and films for your little ones to watch. However, with a lot of adult content as well, you want to make sure to be on the safe side and restrict your kids access to content they might not be ready yet for.
In a great move vor child safety Netflix expanded parental controls which includes the ability to lock down individual titles.
The first change involves introducing a PIN parental control for individual movies and series to give parents and guardians more specific control over what children can watch on the serviceMike Hastings, director of enhanced Content at Netflix
This means parents can now lock down any movie or TV series they don’t want their kids to watch when they’re not around. This is in addition to Netflix’s existing PIN protection by content maturity level.
In this article we will show you step by step how you can lock down specific movies and TV shows that are not suitable for your children.
Step by step guide
Step 1: First, you need to visit Netflix.com on the web, then click on ‘Account’ from the drop down menu in the top right.
Step 2: Next, under Settings, click on Parental Controls:
Step 3: In this menu you should be able to see a section called “Restrict Specific Titles”. Just start typing the title you want to block into the search field. Netflix will autocomplete the title as well as other titles that contain the keyword or phrase. Once you find your title, click it and it will be added to the blocked list:
Once a show is added, you’ll see it below and you can remove it at anytime by clicking the ‘x’.
Now, anytime your kid tries to watch this specific title, they will automatically see a message asking them to “Enter PIN to watch restricted content”.
How to Control What Autoplays for Your Kids
There is another aspect of Netflix you can make more safe for kids. And that is the autoplay feature. Netflix’s default settings means your kid could see things you don’t want them to without even clicking on them. Just from the main Netflix menu, Netflix will play video previews automatically.
Unfortunately even on a kid’s account by default these autoplay video will show content appropriate for kids up to 12 years old. So if you have a kid under that age you might want to make some adjustments to make sure no inappropriate content ends up on the profile.
Netflix does give you the ability to customize age-level in profiles. Unfortunately so far that is only possible on computers and not through devices like Smart TVs, Rokus etc.
But the process is still pretty easy and painless. We will show you how, in this step-by-step guide:
Step 1: Log into your account from a computer and hit “Manage Profiles,” then pick the one you want to use for your young kid.
Step 2: Click on the pencil icon.
Step 3: You’ll get a screen where you can change the name, language, and the allowed movies and TV shows. By default, this will be set to 12 and under. But you can just click it and pick the option “For Little Kids only.”
Click safe and go back to the Netflix main site. All potentially inappropriate content should be gone.
Another little tip, to help you make Netflix safe for your kids: The streaming service has rolled out their maturity level rating too, which now shows in the upper left corner when you launch any title.