Parents, if your family’s like mine, then they enjoy Netflix at home and on-the-go. While there are a number of quality shows, and a section devoted specifically to kids, know that your child or younger teen can still access adult content, some of which is rated TV-MA.
The great thing about Netflix is they make it super easy to set parental controls. I also like that the only place you can adjust parental controls is from your computer, so as long as your children don’t know your account password, you’ll be the only one who can adjust the controls.
Here’s what you need to do.
Step 1) From a computer, log in to your Netflix account and click the Your Account link in the top right corner.
Step 2) Scroll down and click the Parent Control Setting link under Preferences.
Step 3) On the next page, you’ll be presented with a slider that you can adjust based on the age of your children, or based on the type of content you want to allow of that specific day.
You can change this at any time, but keep in mind these changes can take up to 8 hours to take effect on some devices. Below is a breakdown of how Netflix provides content for each setting.
If you live outside of the United States, you can learn more about these settings apply to your country rating codes by visiting this page.
Netflix also warns parents of the following:
- On the website, you may still see box art for restricted content on the Watch Instantly homepage and in search results, but these titles will not be playable if they exceed your current maturity levels.
- On your devices, restricted content will still appear in Netflix search results, but will be unavailable for playback if the maturity rating of the title exceeds the current maturity levels for your account.
Parents, as I mentioned at the beginning of this guide, Netflix is a great family entertainment service, but as with any online service or digital device, we have to be mindful of the content that our children have access to before they access it. So, use these tools to your advantage, and if you have family or friends with young children, be sure to tell them about it too.