Activate Netflix’s Parental Controls

Activate Netflix’s Parental Controls

Parents worried their kids will consume some unseemly content on Netflix have been able to block all the content that falls under a particular rating. Now, a recent Netflix update gives you a little more control, allowing you to prevent your young viewer from watching particular programs you deem unsuitable for them, even if it falls in your selected ratings range.

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Not everyone wants their kid watching Stranger Things, no matter how many games of D&D they play. To keep them away from questionable content, all you need is a PIN and a list of movies you don’t want your child to see.

Add a PIN, Add Some Banned Movies

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Go to Netflix to visit your account page and select the Parental Controls link. Enter your password and choose a PIN, which you’ll need to unlock the restrictions should you want to watch a previously restricted title. From there you can drag the rating slider from “Little Kids” to “Adults” and restrict by maturity level.

If you just want to restrict a few particular movies and don’t want to put an entire category of films off-limits, you can add the name of the show or movie you want to block under the Restrict Specific Titles section.

Netflix also made it easier to figure out a movie’s rating before that first channel-changing scene. This update also added the film rating prominently displayed in the corner when you start a show, which you may have noticed over the past several weeks. Reconsidering your viewing ban on a few programs? Just enter the PIN when you select the banned title.


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