From reboots to modern classics and originals, Netflix is full of entertainment for kids. Of course, it also has tons of age-inappropriate shows that kids could easily stumble across if you don’t set up restrictions. Netflix offers a few methods for parents to restrict kids’ viewing of mature content (both in the app and on the browser), but you get more options by going through your account on a web browser. Parental controls are just one way to help your kid learn to make appropriate choices and manage screen time independently. They work best with a conversation about why you’re restricting access. Here’s how to set parental controls on Netflix:
- Log in, click on your profile icon, then click Account.
- Scroll down to Settings.
- Click on Parental Controls.
- Enter your Netflix password.
- Create a PIN.
- Scroll to Restrict by Maturity Level and click on the bubble above your kid’s age group: Little Kids (6 and Under), Older Kids (12 and Under), Teens (14 and Under), or Adults (15+). These restrictions are set according to the MPAA and TV rating systems (i.e., PG-13 and TV-MA).
- You can also restrict all content so nothing will play without you entering a PIN. To do this, click the bubble above Little Kids.
- If you want to restrict specific titles, regardless of their maturity rating, type them into the box under Restrict Specific Titles.
Note: Do not share your Netflix password with your kids! If you do, and they’re very determined to watch a show, they can get into the Parental Controls settings by using the Netflix password.