Netflix introduces a new set of parental controls that allows users to do more to limit the types of content available in their account profiles, including the new ability to delete movies and titles completely from the service.
The controls, which are now available on all Netflix accounts, are implemented from the “Parental Controls” section of the user’s account settings and can be adjusted to a specific profile. Here’s what you can do with them.
Ranking restrictions based on profile
This feature allows Netflix account holders to limit the ranking of all shows that appear on the account profile. It seems to only work from the top down, so you can limit events that are above a certain ranking but are now below; You can make sure all R values and above disappear but cannot make TV-Y shows and other children disappear.
In this way, if parents have Netflix with their designated Netflix Kids profile, the new controls allow parents to further limit content based on rank. The standard rating limits for Children are PG and TV-PG, but new controls allow parents to set the rank lower.
Or if you are bored, you can mess up the rankings for anyone who has a profile on your Netflix account and see what happens when your sister who lives across the country knows that she can’t watch anything more savage than My Little Pony.
Deleting a title is a big change to parental control Netflix. This allows the main account holder to specifically designate shows and films that they don’t want to show on the Netflix main page, whatever their rank. Deleting this title is associated with each profile, so deleting an event from Netflix Kids will not make it disappear from other account profiles.
This feature is useful for parents who have beef with certain events, such as The Boss Baby: Back in Business (Should babies even become capitalists?), And don’t want their children to watch it. It’s also useful if you have beef with someone you like Tofu still using your account years after you broke up and will be destroyed if, for some miraculous reason, Foreign object and disappear forever.
PIN protective profile
This feature hears back to the past password-protected parent key on TV. Only the main account holder can set the PIN (you need to enter your Netflix password to set it), and that user can use the PIN to lock their profile so that others cannot access it without knowing the four digit number.
Each profile on an account can have a PIN, which allows parents to moderate screen time by keeping even the child’s profile locked behind the four digits. This is also useful for parents who don’t want their children to simply click on an adult account to access previously restricted content.
Or if your roommate, who is lazy, refuses to use their own profile and insists on watching shows that mess up your curated algorithm carefully … that’s also good enough for that.
Rating that protects the PIN
The PIN also works with the rating constraints mentioned above. You can specify requirements for PIN input based on event ratings, so anything above PG-13 or whatever you need, enter the PIN.
If parents set a PIN rating limit to PG-13 for certain profiles, then children will not be able to watch more adult shows without their parents’ permission. If you do not have children and set a PIN ranking limit, you have forged new weapons against anyone who wants to watch fun things on your profile without your knowledge.
This is also a less nuclear way to be made Foreign object disappears for those who don’t have a PIN, and is very useful in the roommate situations mentioned above if you don’t want to lock your entire profile.
Disable auto-play episodes
Everyone has fallen into the trap of Netflix who intends to watch one more episode and is put to sleep by resignation by the countdown to “Next Episode” when the credit is rolling. Disable auto-rotate for your profile and other people stop this.
This is great for parents who want to keep an eye on the screen time of their children.
Not too fun for others.
Michelle Parsons, product manager for Netflix Kids, tells us Verge Netflix’s hopes[s] that this additional control will help parents make the right choices for their family. ”
Because control applies to more than Kids accounts, it is up to each Netflix account holder to make the right choices for themselves and the constellation of people who actually have access to their accounts.
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