Netflix Parental Controls Revised
Netflix has updated their parental control settings with the use of “Profiles” for each person using the account. The control options are the same, and the content-ratings are consistent with those used in the previous options.
Here’s what you need to do to either update your parental control settings, or activate them:
1. Using a computer, log into Netflix. In the upper right corner, you should see the name of the account-holder. Either click on or move the cursor over the name in order to view the drop-down menu.
2. In the drop-down menu, click on “Manage Profiles” which will bring you to the screen where profiles can be added/edited/deleted. Each profile can have unique configuration settings based on that user’s age.
3. For a child’s profile, you’ll likely want to have different restrictions than on your own profile. If your child has a profile, click “Edit” next to the profile.
4. From here, you can check the box “Kid 12 & under” which will automatically change the viewing privileges to “Older Kids.” For very young children, the settings can be manually changed from “Older Kids” to “Little Kids.”
5. If your child doesn’t have a profile, click “Add Profile” in the upper right-hand corner of the page.
*Netflix hasn’t changed the type of content that plays according to the age group selected. There is also no longer a “teen option” meaning that it is up to parents to decide if their “older kid” is old enough for PG-13 to TV-14 content.
6. Once you’ve chosen the appropriate age group for your child’s profile, click “Done” on the right side of the screen in order to save your new settings.
7. Each time your child uses Netflix, they will be able to watch age-appropriate content within their profile. Additional content may still show up in the search results, but will not be available for playback. This is a feature we’d really be happy if they didn’t have. Why show R rated content to a child that shouldn’t see it, or is restricted from seeing it?
8. Despite the fact that you can set up these controls, parents still have to be over their child’s shoulder when logging into their account. As I found out, my then 12-year-old decided to click on “mom and dad’s profile” and help themselves to the beginning of an R rated movie when I was in the other room reading. Netflix should passcode protect each profile so this won’t happen.
The work-around for this is:
a. Set all your profiles to your child’s rating.
b. Log-in every time you want to watch a show above their content rating.
c. Switch your profile setting to that rating.
d. Watch your show(s).
e. Before logging out, switch back to your child’s rating.
f. Repeat every time you want to watch a show.
g. Message Netflix that this is a pain.
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.
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 children, tweens and young teens, be sure to tell them about it, too.