Switching on the TV today, more than ever, can allow children access to dramas, shows, movies and programs parents may feel are unsuitable for a younger audience. Netflix has certainly increased these choices.
Northern Beaches Cyber Safety expert Leonie Smith, explains to COVERED. how to best ensure TV time is really age appropriate.
Netflix has parental controls and some different options for filtering content for children and teens. However, there is no substitute for parental supervision, as some content while not adult as such, might still be unsuitable for your child. Mistakes can happen
so no parental controls are ever 100% secure.
Netflix allows account holders to set up sub-accounts or profiles for each family member. This allows each profile user to tailor their viewing according to the shows they like to watch, and parents can also set children’s profiles with custom filters and parental controls.
Parents can also just use the Netflix ‘Just For Kids’ profile, which is set with under 12-year-old restricted content. To use the ‘Kids’ profile, make sure you open this already filtered profile before your child starts viewing. It’s also a good idea to scroll through the content on Netflix ‘Just For Kids’ and ensure you are happy with it.
Setting Up A Filtered Child or Teen Account
The main Netflix account holder can set up a Netflix child or teen account with content restrictions according to their age, but only through a PC computer browser, like Safari or Google Chrome or Edge. After logging into your Netflix account in your PC computer browser, click ‘Manage Profiles’ and then click the profile you want to edit, or create a new profile. Set the parental controls according to your child’s age or needs, or click ‘Kid’ to simply enable an under 12-years-old account. Then click Save.
Children can search and see content that is over the age of the set limit, but cannot access it with this filtering setting as they will get a restricted message.
If you set up these custom filters on your family’s profiles through your PC accessed Netflix account, the settings will work across all your devices such as iPad, Tablet, Phone, TV App, if logged into that same Netflix account.
For extra security, you can create a pin password to prevent access to adult content across all profiles. This way all profiles are limited to a suitable level of child or teen content, unless
a pin is entered.
The Cyber Safety Lady