How To Use Netflix’s Parental Control Feature

Netflix has become the leading “go-to” site for streaming television and movies, and in recognition that children are also using the platform, there is also a separate children’s section with kid-friendly content.

But that doesn’t stop tech-savvy
kids from clicking on the adult section and getting full access to violent
movies or movies with sexual scenes. The last thing you need is to come home
from work and find your kid watching “Kill
Bill”
. This is why you need to turn on the built-in parental control
settings.

What Are The
Parental Control Settings In Netflix?

Without parental control switched on, anyone can access a Netflix
account if they know the password to that account. They then have unlimited
access to whatever that Netflix account is offering in terms of movies and
television programming.

When you add parental control, you are saying that in order to access
certain media, anyone else with access to your account (such as your kids) must
input a four digit PIN to verify they have permission to watch that movie or
show.

Every programme and movie on Netflix has a “maturity rating” (similar to age certificates in movie theaters). If you are the owner of the Netflix account, you can specify at what point in those ratings that the parental controls kick in and the PIN is required to go any further.

How To Switch
On Parental Control

First of all, you need a PIN that
your kids are not going to figure out. So don’t get cute and do birthdays or
1234, or 7890 or anything else like that.

When you have a good four digit PIN, go here and you will see this screen.

Now enter your account password to
proceed to the PIN page. If your kids know the account password, it is time to
change it and not tell them the new one. Otherwise they can access the PIN page
and disable it.

As you can see on this next screen,
the settings are very straightforward.

Before anyone says anything, my PIN
is not 1234. I simply typed that
there to obscure my real PIN. But on your screen, add your desired PIN in those
four boxes and click “Save”.

But wait, we’re not finished. You
now have to decide on when the PIN is needed. At what point in the “maturity
level” does the PIN need to be entered? When someone tries to access only adult
material? Or “older teens”? That is a judgement call only you can make
depending on your own personal circumstances, such as the age of your kids.

By default, the level is set to
“Adults” but if you want to scale it back further, just click on the level you
want. So if you want the PIN to start at say “teens”, click on “teens”. It will
go from green to grey.

Restrict
Specific Titles

Instead of an all-or-nothing
approach, you can instead specify particular movie and show titles that should
be restricted.

So if you decide that the PIN
should only apply to SpongeBob SquarePants because your kid will be traumatized
for life watching it, you can just block that.

Go to the “Restrict Specific
Titles” section at the bottom of the page and start typing in the name of the
movie or show you want to block. It will
only show if it is currently being offered by Netflix in your country.

Remember to click the Save button
again at the top.

Now Try It Out

Now go to something which will hit
the maturity level you specified, or something on your Restricted list. You
will see that if you try to access it, it will now ask you for the PIN.