It seems that Disney has been producing more and more content lately that’s made more for adults than children, and that’s made it harder and harder for parents to monitor exactly what their kids are watching. We even had a discussion about it with Melissa Henson (program director for the Parents Television and Media Council) on The Plugged In Show.
To make it a little easier for you to keep your kids from diving into movies or shows you’d rather not have them watch, we sat down and created a tutorial demonstrating how to use the Parental Controls on Disney’s streaming platform Disney+.
Parental controls will never be a cure-all, and it’s certainly no substitute for the best control: you! But it can help.
Of course, with any Parental Control feature, there are some pros and cons.
- You can create individual profiles with different movie and TV ratings for yourself and your kids.
- You can PIN protect these profiles.
- You can restrict the creation of new profiles without your approval.
- You can turn on a feature that makes it harder for little kids to accidentally exit their profile.
- If you’ve already shared your login information with your kids, you’ll need to change your password so your kids can’t make changes themselves.
- If you share a computer (or phone/tablet) with your kids, you’ll need to logout and then log back in after making any changes.
- Disney+’s default “kid” profile doesn’t allow you to lower the rating below PG and TV-PG (which aren’t the lowest settings).
- Disney+’s “kid-proof exit” really only works on kids too young to read.
Even with all the protections in place, it can still be hard to know which titles are appropriate for your family. So be sure to check out the Plugged In review of anything you’re unsure of. We’re here to help!