How to Use Netflix's Parental Controls

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Netflix parental controls are fairly limited but you can set a maturity filter for each logged-in profile on your account.

What Kind of Netflix Parental Controls Are Available?

One of Netflix’s main methods of providing some level of parental control is by using maturity levels to determine what content your child is permitted to view. The maturity levels offered include the following:

  • Little Kids: watch movies and TV shows suitable for all ages
  • Older Kids: watch movies and TV shows suitable for older kids
  • Teens: watch movies and TV shows suitable for teens
  • Adults: watch all movies and TV shows, including mature content

Netflix does not determine age brackets or offer recommendations about age ranges. It's up to you to determine whether your child is a little kid, a big kid, or a teen. However, it does set age 12 as a default cutoff at the account level.

Manage the maturity-level filters from the Your Account page of the Netflix website. This setting can only be changed with a Web browser from your computer. Settings changes made here will be applied to all devices that are currently logged in using your Netflix account credentials.

Set up Maturity-Level Content Filtering on Your Netflix Account

Content filtering applies on a per-profile basis. To change it:

  1. Log in to your Netflix account using a browser.
  2. Open Your Account then click Edit for the profile to be restricted.
  3. Select the highest level of age-appropriate content that you wish to permit by selecting the appropriate maturity level from the drop-down menu.
  4. To set the profile to "kid-friendly" by default, tick the checkbox marked This is a profile for kids under 12 under the Manage Profiles section of your Netflix account. This setting also prevents connection of the Netflix profile to Facebook.

There's no override to this feature; to allow the profile user to see more advanced content, you'll have to edit the profile again to change the maturity-level setting.

Your geographic region enforces its own content standards, which should map to what is offered by Netflix in you area. 

On its parental-controls help page, Netflix states that it can take up to 8 hours for changes to parental controls to take effect, but the process expedites if you log out of the profile on all devices and then log back in again.