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  • Worry No More If Your Kids End Up Watching Netflix Without You Noticing

    They're also offering more tools to restrict screen time!
    by Kitty Elicay .
Worry No More If Your Kids End Up Watching Netflix Without You Noticing
  • One great thing about having a Netflix account is that it can be shared by the whole family. The only downside is that the kids can still access mommy and daddy’s profiles and possibly watch movies and shows that are not appropriate for their age. Well, those days are over as Netflix introduces stricter parental controls for kids stuck at home during the enhanced community quarantine period.

    Netflix parental controls

    Starting today, April 8, 2020, Netflix users will now have better control options for personal profiles and the designated kids’ portal. Here are the changes that the streaming service has rolled out:

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    Remove titles from profiles

    You can also remove shows and films that are not suitable for kids, like this Japanese movie that is rated for 18 years old and older.
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    The biggest change is the ability to remove individual TV series or movies by title so it will not appear on the profile, regardless of what maturity rating you have chosen. So if your kids love Peppa Pig but you think they should avoid watching it in the meantime, you can make it disappear from their profiles.


    Just type in the title and choose which ones to remove from the search results. The restrictions will be limited per profile, so you can still access that show from another user.

    Rating restrictions

    This feature allows a Netflix account holder to restrict the maturity rating of shows and films that appear on each profile. For example, you can choose to show only shows and films with a G-rating or include titles that are rated for ages 7+, 13+, 16+, and 18+.

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    Tools to restrict screen time

    You can assign a PIN to lock your profile and require the code when creating new profiles for your Netflix account.
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    To prevent your kids from accessing your profile (or to make sure that other people can’t mess with your watch list), you can now assign a 4-digit PIN code to lock your profile. You also get to see what your child has been watching with viewing history and disable autoplay on TV shows (where the next episode will immediately play after you’re done with one episode). These are all pretty helpful for parents who want to restrict screen time.

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    Want to make sure your kids are watching only those that are suitable for their ages? You can see all the titles they've accessed from the viewing history.
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    "Choice and control have always been important for our members, especially parents. We hope that these additional controls will help parents make the right choices for their families," said Michelle Parsons, Netflix Kids Product Manager, in a blog post.

    To activate these parental controls, you must be logged in to your Netflix account using a web browser. Go to Account and choose which profile you want to manage. Once the settings are saved, it will be applied to all devices where you use your account.

    Running out of things to do during the quarantine? Click here for sensory play ideas you can do with the kids, here for pretend play activities, and here for practical life skills that you can teach them!

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