If your house is anything like mine, especially in the middle of winter, we like to spend much of our downtime cuddled up on the couch watching Netflix. Our family likes the variety of shows and movies for all age groups and how easy it is to use.
Sometimes, as parents, we can forget that movies and tv time can count as screen time, because it is often “family time” for many families. The best way to maximize this type of media use is to ask questions before, during, and after viewing the show or movie. “Who is the main character?” “Who is the villain?” What are they trying to accomplish?” What was your favorite part of the story?”
Obviously, the type of questions you as will depend on the age of your child and what it is you are watching.
Project B3 knows that is easy for your kids to use Netflix and it can be helpful every now and then to put on a movie or a tv show. Whether they need some downtime or you need to get a chore or two accomplished while they are entertained.
Netflix offers a few methods for parents to restrict kids’ viewing of mature content (both in the app and on the browser), but you get more options by going through your account on a web browser. Parental controls are just one way to help your kid learn to make appropriate choices and manage screen time independently. They work best with conversation about why you’re restricting access.
Here’s how to set parental controls on Netflix:
(Source: Common Sense Media)
- Log in, click on your profile icon, then click Account.
- Scroll down to Settings.
- Click on Parental Controls.
- Enter your Netflix password.
- Create a PIN.
- Scroll to Restrict by Maturity Level and click on the bubble above your kid’s age group: Little Kids (6 and Under), Older Kids (12 and Under), Teens (14 and Under), or Adults (15+). These restrictions are set according to the MPAA and TV rating systems (i.e., PG-13 and TV-MA).
- You can also restrict all content so nothing will play without you entering a PIN. To do this, click the bubble above Little Kids.
- If you want to restrict specific titles, regardless of their maturity rating, type them into the box under Restrict Specific Titles.
Note: Do not share your Netflix password with your kids! If you do, and they’re very determined to watch a show, they can get into the Parental Controls settings by using the Netflix password.