Netflix adds enhanced parental controls including profile PINs and more

Shawn Knight

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From today, account holders will have the ability to PIN-protect individual profiles to prevent kids from using them. What’s more, parents can filter out titles that are not appropriate based on age using country ratings or even restrict access to individual series or films.

Netflix said that when shows or movies are blocked by name, they will not show up anywhere in that profile.

Netflix already had some parental controls in place but these latest additions really help to shore up its offering.

The move is timely in more than one way. Netflix is facing increased competition from services like Apple TV+, Quibi and more specifically, Disney+, which exclusively features family-friendly programming. Demonstrating to parents that it can be a viable option for families with young children could help attract even more subscribers.

Those interested in establishing user account restrictions can do so by visiting the account settings menu on Netflix’s website or in the mobile app. You’ll also be able to see what sub account viewers have been watching and disable auto-play should you so choose.

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QuantumPhysics

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I remember how my parents would try to cover my eyes when in theaters so I couldn't see any suggestive actions on screen.

Thing is, the vast majority of parents are computer illiterate now.

I know kids who've enabled parental locks on their parent's set top boxes to prevent them from watching porn because "they didn't think their parents should be watching that stuff".

I know kids who set timers on their parent's boxes so that they can't carelessly go to sleep with them on.

It's a new day.
 

hahahanoobs

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I remember how my parents would try to cover my eyes when in theaters so I couldn't see any suggestive actions on screen.

Thing is, the vast majority of parents are computer illiterate now.

I know kids who've enabled parental locks on their parent's set top boxes to prevent them from watching porn because "they didn't think their parents should be watching that stuff".

I know kids who set timers on their parent's boxes so that they can't carelessly go to sleep with them on.

It's a new day.
Years ago I did tech support for Road Runner internet and had to ask for a 9 year old (son) to get on the computer to go through the steps to get them back online.
 

hahahanoobs

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It only took Netflix 25 months after offering a whitelist to finally have controls that are useful.