Monolithic, world-consuming streaming giant Netflix has implemented a new set of parental controls designed to help worried parents both monitor and restrictwhat their kids watch. The changes, which are designed to facilitate domestic censorship and provide adults with more metadata on programming, come as Netflix invests heavily in both original and acquired shows. The move also comes as YouTube, the largest operator in the kid mesmerizing space, publicly struggles to protect kids from disturbing or mature content.
On top of the primary account holders ability to use a PIN number to block access to certain Netflix profiles, the platform will now allow parents to use a PIN number to block specific programming. Every family is different, and for Netflix the addition is about giving families a less generalized method of filtering out certain content.
Along with the new PIN-control measures, Netflix will now display the MPAA or maturity rating of every movie and series on the platform next to the title, even after the content has started to play already. The new content-blocking measures will be rolled out over the next few months, so every account might not have the option to employ them just yet. But, when they do, here’s how to install the new controls.
- Go to Netflix
- Hover over the profile picture in the upper righthand corner of the screen to activate the drop-down menu.
- Click “Manage Accounts” at the bottom of the menu.
- Select the account that’s to be restricted.
- Activate account-wide controls that require a PIN-Number for all content above a selected rating or implement the use of “soft controls” to select specific programming to require PIN access.
- Select a pin and write it down somewhere.
- Watch Archer with headphones in while the kid takes a nap.