Netflix gives parents more control with updated features

Joanna Estrada
April 8, 2020

Netflix announced a series of new parental controls features for its streaming service on Tuesday. Here's what you can do with them.

Now, account holders can PIN-restrict profiles as well.

The company also added a feature to protect individual profiles by using a passcode to prevent children from accessing content not suited for them.

The most noteworthy addition is the ability to use the country's rating system to filter out content you don't want your child to see. As such, Netflix's latest parental control features couldn't have come at a better time.

This feature hearkens back to the old days of password protected parental locks on TV.

Setting up a PIN for individual profiles is easy, although there are a few steps you'll need to follow to get it done. Previously, Netflix has offered account-level restrictions requiring that a kids' profile enter a PIN to play TV shows or movies above a selected maturity rating.

The changes were born out of conversations with customers who asked for the ability to customize how and where kids could access programs. Account owners can now ban specific titles and mature-rated content from being found on certain profiles and also turn off autoplay for kids' profiles - a move YouTube has done for its own kids content under scrutiny from the FTC.

The company already allowed parents to create a kids profile that would show only programming suitable for children, but the new tools provide more flexibility in how they manage viewing habits. All this is also available in the Profile & Parental Controls section.

Everyone has fallen into the Netflix trap of intending to watch one more episode and being lulled into submission by the "Next Episode" countdown when the credits roll. But with youngsters hemmed in and oldsters having to WFM, the best way to preserve tabs on what the youngsters are binging on, at all times a priority, has maybe acquired better urgency.

Not much fun for anyone else though.

In a prepared statement, Netflix's product manager for kids, Michelle Parsons, said: "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".

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