Getting Started With Parental Controls: Netflix (Updated)

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Note to readers: We originally published this article in March of 2021. It has been updated with a video tutorial, which you can watch here or on our YouTube channel.

If you have a Netflix account, you’ve probably realized that there’s a ton content on their platform. In fact, the streaming service has more than 15,000 titles in its library. That’s a whole lot of TV shows and movies to sift through. And, let’s be honest, ain’t nobody got that kind of time.

So, what can you do to make Netflix a bit safer for your kids? Well, you can activate the parental controls on your child’s profile to help ease your mind when it comes to what they’re watching.

Here’s our new video tutorial, showing you step-by-step how to do that.

But if video tutorials aren’t for you, here’s a simple, step-by-step guide.

Setting Up Controls

  1. Go to www.netflix.com/youraccount
  2. Once signed in, click the drop-down arrow in the top right corner.
  3. Scroll down to “Account.” Click it.
  4. Now, scroll down on your screen until you see the Profile and Parental Controls section.

Profile and Parental Controls

  1. Here you will see all the different profiles on your Netflix account.
  2. Click the down arrow on whichever profile you’d like to manage.
  3. A larger menu will appear.

Viewing Restrictions

  1. Click Viewing Restrictions.
  2. You can then change the Profile Maturity Rating, choosing shows and movies that are TV-Y all the way through NC-17. You pick whatever filtering level works best for your child.
  3. Right below this you will see Title Restrictions.  You cantype in specific shows and movies thatyou do not want your children viewing, and they’ll no longer show up on that child’s profile.

Profile Lock

  1. Here, you can use a Chosen Passcode to stop others from getting into your own Netflix profile. The idea would be that if you only want your kids on their own profiles, you can set up a profile lock where kids would need to know a passcode to access your profile. If they don’t know it, they’re only able to stay on unlocked profiles.

Viewing Activity

  1. Right below Profile Lock is Viewing Activity.  Here you’re able to see everything your kids have viewed, along with the attached date.   

To clarify, these parental controls do not block certain themes or even language (which can sometimes creep into TV-Y7 shows or movies). They’re simply restricting shows based on their ratings alone. Filtering content in this way can help give you peace of mind that your kids aren’t going to wander into explicit shows (either accidentally or intentionally), but those filters don’t replace the need for active engagement, helping kids think about the ideas, images and worldviews that can still be problematic—even in shows with seemingly kid-friendly ratings.

Emily Clark
Emily Clark

Emily studied film and writing when she was in college. And when she isn’t being way too competitive while playing board games, she enjoys food, sleep, and indulging in her “nerdom,” which is the collective fan cultures of everything she loves, such as Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.

Kristin Smith

Kristin Smith joined the Plugged In team in 2017. Formerly a Spanish and English teacher, Kristin loves reading literature and eating authentic Mexican tacos. She and her husband, Eddy, love raising their children Judah and Selah. Kristin also has a deep affection for coffee, music, her dog (Cali) and cat (Aslan).