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Feb 19, 2021
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Netflix Parental Control Guide

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Netflix is a whole new world. 

Apparently, it grants us an entirely new way to consume content. Today you can come home after a busy day at work, arrange pillows and a blanket on the couch in the coziest way, lay down, take a few snacks and enjoy high-quality movies, with zero ads and perfect rating algorithm to recommend something you’ll definitely enjoy.

In today’s world where content customization is already a buzzword, making an effort to achieve something seems completely odd. You only need a smartphone at your hand, 10 bucks a month, and voila — instant gratification, instant fulfillment, just a minute away. 

Although we cannot change the way it works, we can contribute to the quality of content that our children stumble across. Any ocean has its islands, and for parents, it’s a number one task to make sure their kids “land” on those islands rather than surfing the unknown waters without much sense.

Unlike traditional television, Netflix gives parents a bunch of options to supervise their kids’ watching preferences. If you manage their screen time properly, encouraging them to engage in outdoor activities as well, Netflix can become the best tool for adapting some quality screen time that they will definitely benefit from. 

Is Netflix good for kids?

Netflix, at its core, is a great and controlled form of entertainment. Given a proper management, it can be a place for kids to learn, entertain, and most importantly, it opens the door to a global perspective. 

Many Netflix kids shows can rival the quality of prestige movies and TV series for adults. There are lighthearted cartoons with cute designs for toddlers and preschoolers, delightful sagas with impressive storylines for older kids, heartwarming sitcoms that are appropriate for whole-family viewing, documentaries, brave-encouraging, inspiring shows for teens — a whole lot of content that can contribute to your child’s development.

teens shows on Netflix

How to set parental controls on Netflix

On Netflix, different profiles can be set up based on age. Each profile has a different pin, and you, as the creator, can lock or unlock profiles in your account. 

To create a profile for your child:

  1. Go to Manage Profiles on Netflix
  2. Tap “Add profile”
  3. Type in the name of your child, checkmark the box “Kid” on the right, click on “continue”
create kids profile on Netflix

Now you can customize the created profile.

  1. Click on “edit profile” in the profile overview
  2. Choose language
  3. Select your child’s age
  4. If your child is older than 7 y.o., click on “Edit” below maturity settings, enter your account password in the provided field. Tap “Continue”
  5. Enter show or movie name that you don’t want to show up for your kid
  6. Save your changes.
  7. The default kids Netflix profile will show titles rated 7+ and below
Netflix parental control

How to turn off parental controls on Netflix

It’s unethical for kids to turn off Netflix parental controls. However, if you’ve clicked “remember me”, then your account id and password will be filled up automatically, and your kid will be able to adjust settings as they wish.

If you want to remove Netflix Parental controls:

  1. Go to your main profile
  2. Select “Account”
  3. Scroll down to all profiles
turn off parental control on Netflix
  1. Chose the one that belongs to the kid and tap the down arrow next to it
  2. The menu opens up and you click on the “change” button next to the “viewing restrictions”
  3. Provide the password for your account
  4. Choose among the options. If you want to turn off parental control completely, select the farthest option to the right.
netflix parental control

How to Set a Passcode for a Netflix Profile

If you want to lock your Netflix profile with password:

  1. Go to your account
  2. Choose the account that you want to enable the passcode for
  3. Click on the down arrow next to the profile you’ve chosen
  4. Tap” Change” next to the “Profile Lock”
set a password on Netflix
  1. Enter your Netflix account password once
  2. Click “Continue”
  3. Checkbox “Require a PIN to access the profile”
  4. Set the PIN-code
  5. Click on “Save”
netflix profile lock

How To Filter Netflix Kids Shows By Title And Age

On Netflix, there is a mode only-for-kids and the all-access. For the kids profile, you cannot specify what rating you want your kid to see, it will be 7 and below by default. But you can type in the name of the movie that you’d like not to appear for your kids.

If you want your kids to be able to watch movies designed for the older age, you should turn off the parental control restrictions for their profile as instructed above in this article.

How to Restrict Certain Shows and Movies on Netflix

Netflix allows you to block specific movies. For doing this:

  1. Go to your account
  2. Scroll down to all profiles
  3. Select the profile of your child
  4. Tap the down arrow next to it
  5. The menu opens up and you click on the “change” button next to the “viewing restrictions”
  6. Type in your password
  7. Go down to “Title Restrictions”
  8. Type in the names of the movies you don’t want to show up for this profile
how to resrtict titles on Netflix

New Netflix parental controls

Last year Netflix rolled out a bunch of new Parental Control features to control your child’s Netflix usage. Some of them include PIN-protect individual profiles so your child cannot log in to it, filtering out titles, and track watching history, disable autoplay of episodes for kids profiles.

These measures are designed to double-sure your kids won’t bypass restrictions.

Netflix viewing history

To monitor your kid’s viewing history:

  1. Go to your account
  2. Scroll down to all profiles
  3. Tap the drop-down
  4. Select “Viewing activity”
Netflix viewing history

Does Your Kid Spend Too Much Time On Netflix? 

So, how much Netflix Screen Time is too much?

Netflix screen time

Watching Netflix refers to passive content consumption. When setting limits, try to adhere to the following proportions: 

  • Passive content consumption — up to 1,5 hours a day
  • Interactive consumption (playing games and surfing Internet) — up to 2 hours a day
  • Communication (social media and chats) — up to 1,5 hours a day
  • Content creation (using technologies to make art) — up to 2,5 hours a day

Consider your kids’ age, development, and family dynamics when setting the schedule for their screen time. Don’t opt for making anything drastic with their Screen time: instead, encourage them to engage in activities that may help them to learn and improve creativity. As to the streaming services, try your best to make it a prime-time TV for the whole family. Some of the Netflix shows are there to help you diverse the time spent together: some cartoons will introduce them to good music, some will help them to learn new words, and others will introduce the new perspective and develop critical thinking. 

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