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Netflix Introduces New Parental Controls

Dave Parrack 06-03-2018

Netflix is introducing new parental controls in an effort to bolster its appeal to parents. With Netflix’s userbase growing, and children being trusted with their own profiles, this is a good way of ensuring kids aren’t watching anything inappropriate.


Parents generally don’t want their children watching TV shows and movies aimed at adults. Unfortunately, the rise of streaming services Are There Too Many Streaming TV Services? So, you've dumped cable and launched yourself into the world of cord cutting. But what now? Is it possible that there are just too many TV streaming services to choose from these days? Read More makes that difficult to police. Which is why Netflix’s new parental controls are a welcome sight.

Netflix has always given parents broad control over what younger members of the family can watch. However, parents will now be able to stop their children from watching particular shows and movies. And see at a glance whether a title is age-appropriate.

More Granular Control for Parents

Previously, parents could set up Netflix profiles for their children and set PIN protections based on different maturity levels. But now, in addition to this, parents can add PIN protection to individual movies and TV shows.

This could be useful if you’re happy for your kids to watch some shows with mature themes, but aren’t comfortable with the way a particular show handles that subject matter. It’s a small change, but one which gives parents more granular control.


You’re Not Mature Enough

Netflix will also now be displaying the maturity rating for individual movies and TV shows more prominently. So, when you start playing a piece of content it will say “Rated PG” or “Rated NC-17” in the top right-hand corner of the screen.

These age ratings, as well as the specific reasons why a title is rated as such, are already available in the descriptions. However, now, even if your kid manages to start playing a movie you’ll still have the chance to check its rating.

Feeling Threatened by Disney

These are two minor improvements to Netflix’s parental controls, but they’re important ones nonetheless. Especially with Disney, a brand parents around the world trust, launching its own streaming service Disney Is Launching a Streaming Service to Rival Netflix Disney has announced it's planning to launch its own streaming service in 2019. Which means it's current distribution deal with Netflix is coming to an end. Read More in the not-too-distant future.

While these new parental controls are welcome, it’s not just kids who want to be in control of what they watch. So be sure to scour our tips to manage what you watch on Netflix 5 Simple Tips to Manage What You Watch on Netflix Here are a handful of simple tips to help you manage what you watch on Netflix. Don't get bogged down! Read More . Or, if you’re a new subscriber, our guide to Netflix The Ultimate Netflix Guide: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Netflix This guide offers everything you need to know about using Netflix. Whether you're a new subscriber or an established fan of the best streaming service out there. Read More could prove invaluable.

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  1. larry parton
    December 19, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    With an update rolling out in the coming months, parents will be able to add PIN protection on specific movies or series, as well as have clearer maturity ratings for what their kids are watching on Netflix.

  2. Ammon
    March 7, 2018 at 7:02 am

    I’m not seeing the option to restrict specific movies/shows yet. Is it rolling out over time or should it be live already?