Parental control systems may not be worth it for many, or even more of a problem than a benefit. But, in the event that you have children and they see content on TV alone, believe us if we tell you that they will be your best ally. Today we show you how to activate Netflix parental control and all the benefits it has.
What is parental control?
It is more than likely that, at this point in life, you know exactly what parental control or controls consist of. But, just in case there was someone clueless, it is a series of conditions, rules or limits that you can establish. With these parameters created, speaking of streaming content platforms, a certain part of the series, documentaries or movies that do not comply with these limits will not be shown.
A clear example of this is setting an age limit of, for example, 12 years. Therefore, from that moment on, any content categorized for older ages would disappear from the list of possibilities. This is something that, if you are worried about what your children can see on the Smart TV in the living room or in their room when you are not present, it will make you have nothing to worry about.
It is true that on these types of platforms such as Netflix, HBO, Prime Video, etc. there are child profiles. But, depending on the age of our child, it is likely that there is still some content that we do not want him to see. For this reason, Netflix gives us a wide range of possibilities in parental control to configure what they can see and what they will have access to.
Netflix parental control settings
Let’s now go to the really important part of this article, in which we are going to show you everything you can do within the parental control of the big red N platform.
How to create a children’s profile on Netflix
The first thing is to create a profile for our children, so there will be no confusion and we will not have to make “sacrifices” of not seeing everything that the platform offers when we use it.
Establishing a children’s profile is super simple and we can do it from our own Smart TV:
- When we access the Netflix app from the TV (or any other device) we will see the profile selection panel before reaching the catalog.
- Click on the option “Add profile” that appears with a “+” on the screen.
- Write the name you want to recognize this user for your children. In our case we have called him “Peques”.
- Then you can set an icon and the language you want this profile to use in the following options.
- Finally, and perhaps one of the most important actions, is to check the “Child Profile” box . This, as Netflix itself indicates under the box, will establish an age limit of 12 years for this profile.
- Click on “Done” and this profile will now be available for use.
These steps may be enough to keep your kids “safe” from viewing age-inappropriate content. But, if you want to take parental control of the account one step further, read on.
Set age limits on Netflix
If the predefined age classification of 12 years of the child profile is not valid for your particular case (that is because you have a younger or older child without reaching the age of 18) you can adjust other ranges from your Netflix account.
You just have to enter the Netflix.com/YourAccount section that was indicated to us when creating the profile from the browser (we cannot do this on the Smart TV or in the smartphone app). This address will take you to all the information regarding your account on the platform: personal data, billing, download management, etc. But what really matters to us, this time, is the last section called “Profile and parental control”.
Now you just have to follow these steps:
- Scroll down to the child profile you have created.
- Click on the arrow on the right to access the configuration options.
- Access the “View Restrictions” menu by clicking on “Change”.
- Enter the password for your Netflix account. This step is necessary for the children themselves
(the cleverest)Access these settings to remove the limits.
- Now, in the upper bar, we will only have to place the mark on the age limit of the content that we want our child to see.
Block a particular series or movie
If we do not want your child to see a specific series or movie , we can also make a specific block in the same lower section. You will only have to:
- In the “Title restrictions for xxx” section, where “xxx” is the name of this profile, write the name of what you do not want him to see.
- Within the list that appears with the autocomplete, choose the title in question.
That series or movie will automatically stop appearing for this profile even if you specifically search for it in the search engine.
If in the future you want to remove this block , you will only have to click on the “x” that accompanies that content in the list below.
Password lock a profile on Netflix
On the other hand, this streaming content platform also allows us to establish a password to access the profiles of our account.
Here we can add this password to our son’s profile by entering the “Profile Lock” option from the initial menu. But, what seems more interesting to us is to establish passwords in all the profiles that do not adapt to their age, that is, in our own. This way you will not be tempted to watch series or movies that are not suitable for him.
From now on, whenever we go to access this profile, it will ask us for the access code that we have created.
Discover everything your children have seen on Netflix
Finally, we have the possibility of everything our children have seen on Netflix and the day they did it. To access this history is as simple as entering the “Viewing activity” menu from the start menu.
Here we have access to a complete list of everything that this profile has seen on the platform. In addition, an option that Netflix has recently added is that the parents (the administrator of the account) will receive an email every 15 days in which this viewing history is shown.
This may border on the violation of your privacy. But, having access to such a wide catalog of series and movies of all kinds, it is worth having this ace up your sleeve if necessary.