How to Set Up Netflix Parental Controls

VHS, DVDs, and blu-ray are things of the past due to online streaming services like Netflix. Netflix offers instant access to a wide-range of TV shows and movies, ranging from cartoons to adult movies. This article will walk you through how to set limits on your Netflix account to help protect what your children view.

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Create Individual Profiles

To keep movie and show preferences separate from other people on your account, create a separate profile for each person. This also allows you to control what type of content can be accessed per profile.

Use the Kids Profile for Young Children

Netflix offers a built-in “kids” profile which has preselected content specifically for children. By default, the kids profile cannot access account settings or view highly rated content.

Set a Maturity Level for Each Profile

Parents can set a maturity (age) level for each profile on their Netflix account:

  1. Sign-in to your account
  2. Select the desired profile
  3. Select “Viewing Restrictions”
  4. Input your Netflix password
  5. Select the bubble above the highest maturity rating you want your children to view and select “Save”

Lock Adult Profiles

To  keep your children from using your profile, create a PIN to lock your profile. This ensures that your children only have access to their profile and/or the Netflix kids profile.

Disable Autoplay

Netflix has two autoplay features: autoplay the next episode and autoplay previews. You can disable the autoplay the next episode feature for your children’s profile and/or the Netflix kids profile. You can also disable all previews by editing your Playback settings for autoplay previews.

Access Viewing History

To view history for a profile on your Netflix account, follow these steps:

  1. Access your account
  2. Select “Profile & Parental Controls” settings (for the desired profile)
  3. Select “Viewing activity”

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