By Tracey Dowdy
With 167 million subscribers, Netflix is still king when it comes to online streaming, although 41% of Netflix users are watching without paying thanks to password and account sharing.
Nearly two-thirds (62%) of US households now have Netflix, giving them access to a library of over 5000 Hollywood and indie movies, TV shows, and documentaries as well as Netflix 1500 original titles.
That library covers virtually every genre and interest, including a large catalog of content for kids, though there’s definitely content you may want to keep off your child’s radar. Netflix recently enabled a setting that allows parents to filter kids’ shows by title and audience age group, plus, as account owners, parents and guardians can see a complete viewing history in their child’s profile, and turn off autoplay of episodes. You can also secure your Netflix profile with a four-digit PIN to prevent your kids from accessing adult profiles – a workaround to your parental control settings.
“Every family is different. It’s why we’re investing in a wide variety of kids and family films and TV shows from all over the world,” says Michelle Parsons, Kids Product Manager at Netflix. “It’s why we also give parents the controls they need to make the right decisions for their families.”
To review each profile’s setting, go to the Profile and Parental Controls hub within your account settings.
To change your child’s profile setting:
- Log in to your Netflix account as you normally would.
- Click on your profile picture in the top right corner of the screen to reveal a drop-down menu and select Account.
- Scroll down to the bottom of the screen to the Profile & Parental Controls section, where you’ll see a list of all the profiles in your Netflix account.
- Select the down arrow to the right of the kid’s profile, scroll down to Viewing Restrictions on the list of options and select Change.
- Enter your password when Netflix prompts you for it, and you’ll be taken to a sliding bar that you can extend or shorten to permit access based on titles’ ratings — from TV-Y to NC-17. You’ll also be able to enter specific titles in the field just below the rating restriction bar.
Tracey Dowdy is a freelance writer based just outside Washington DC. After years working for non-profits and charities, she now freelances, edits, and researches on subjects ranging from family and education to history and trends in technology. Follow Tracey on Twitter.