Netflix adds four-digit pins for increased parental control

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Earlier this week Netflix unveiled a set of new features designed to give parents greater control over the content their children can watch on the streaming service.

With the platform making a bigger push for animated content aimed at children, Netflix has explained that it also wants to enhance the controls that parents have over what is watched in their family.

“Today we’re updating and improving those controls, based on feedback from our members,” the streaming service noted in a blog post about the new features.

To that end Netflix is adding four new features to the mix, with the first being four-digit pin codes, which can be paired to specific profiles. This will stop kids from being able to access your profile, where age restrictions are not present.

Speaking of which, that’s the second feature, with age restrictions now available, as well as being tailored according to different countries’ ratings.

You can also remove specific movies or series from the catalogue, according to title, with them not showing up anywhere on a designated profile.

Lastly, you’ll be able to review all of these settings in the Profile and Parental Controls hub, which also allows you to see what content your kids have been viewing, as well as turn-off autoplay for your child’s profile.

While these features likely answer a lot of the requests that parents have been wanting out of Netflix, as The Next Web points out, it could also be a great way for users who share accounts to ensure their recommendations do not get messed up.

Netflix adds that all of these control features are accessible on the browser, mobile and TV versions of the app.

“Choice and control have always been important for our members, especially parents. We hope that these additional controls will help parents make the right choices for their families,” the streaming service concludes.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Editor of Hypertext. Covers smartphones, IoT, 5G, cloud computing and a few things in between. Also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games when not taking the hatchet to stories.


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