How to Use Netflix's Parental Controls

Restrict and monitor the viewing habits of your kids

Netflix has a handful of parental control settings that you can access from your account page. Among these are maturity ratings to help you determine what content your child can view. You can also create a Netflix Kids experience account, set up profile locks, see the viewing activity for each user.

You can only change these settings from a web browser on your
computer. Any changes you make here also apply to any logged-in devices.

Access Parental Control Settings on Netflix

You can find all parental control options on your Netflix account page. From this page, you can view and edit maturity settings, add profile locks, and see viewing activity.

If you don’t see the latest settings, trying switching to and from another profile or sign out and sign back in.

  1. Go to Netflix.com and log in, if necessary.

  2. Click a profile icon.

    Managing Netflix parental controls.
  3. Click the down arrow on the top right of the next screen and select Account.

    Managing Netflix parental controls.
  4. Scroll down to PROFILE & PARENTAL CONTROLS.

    Managing Netflix parental controls.

Modify Maturity Settings on a Netflix Profile

All Netflix titles have a maturity rating. There are nine rating options for movies and TV shows. Movies use the MPAA’s rating system and TV shows use the TV Parental Guidelines.

  • TV-Y
  • TV-Y7
  • TV-G
  • TV-PG
  • PG-13
  • TV-14
  • R
  • TV-MA
  • NC-17

Ratings vary by region; this list applies to the U.S. See Netflix’s Maturity Settings support page for more information.

You can get a description of each TV rating on the TV Parental Guidelines website and each movie rating on the MPAA’s site.

  1. Log in to your account at Netflix.com.

  2. Click Manage Profiles.

    Modifying profiles on Netflix.
  3. Click the pencil icon on the profile image.

    Selecting a Netflix profile.
  4. Under Maturity Settings, click Edit. Input your password on the next page.

    Modifying Netflix account settings.
  5. Select the highest maturity rating that this user can watch.

    Settings viewing restrictions in Netflix.
  6. Tick the box under Kids Profile to restrict all content above TV-PG.

    Setting up a Kids profile in Netflix.

How to Restrict Netflix Content by Title

You can also block users from watching specific movies or tv shows. Reasons to do this include if you think a movie has the wrong maturity rating or if you’re tired of watching [insert kids movie here].

  1. Go to your Netflix account page and scroll down to PROFILE & PARENTAL CONTROLS.

  2. Click the down arrow next to the profile you want to edit.

    Editing a profile in Netflix.
  3. Click Change next to Viewing Restrictions. Input your password on the next screen.

    Changing viewing restrictions in Netflix.
  4. Under Title Restrictions for [User], input the titles of movies and TV shows you want to block from them.

    Setting content as restricted in Netflix.
  5. As you type, suggestions will populate in a drop-down menu.

    Setting content as restricted in Netflix.
  6. Click Save. Repeat this process for each user.

    Setting content as restricted in Netflix.

How to Create a Netflix Kids Experience Profile

The Kids experience offers a simple interface, blocks access to account settings, and plays only a curated selection of kid-appropriate programs. There are two ways to do this.

One way is to go to Viewing Restrictions (see instructions above) and tick the box next to Display the Netflix Kids experience with titles just for kids.

Alternatively, you can add a Kids profile. In either case, the user will only be able to view 12 and under content.

  1. Log in to your account at Netflix.com and click Manage Profiles.

    Modifying profiles on Netflix.
  2. Click Add Profile.

    Adding a profile to Netflix.
  3. Tick the box next to Kids. Click Continue.

    Adding a Kid profile in Netflix.

How to Lock a Netflix Profile With a PIN

You can lock profiles with a 4-digit PIN to prevent others from accessing it. Make sure that you haven’t shared your password with anyone, though.

  1. Go to your Netflix account page and scroll down to PROFILE & PARENTAL CONTROLS.

  2. Click the down arrow next to the profile you want to edit.

    Editing a profile in Netflix.
  3. Click Change next to Profile Lock and input your password on the next page. Enter your password on the next screen and click Continue.

    Accessing Profile Lock feature in Netflix.
  4. Tick the box next to Require a PIN to access [User’s] profile. Type in a four digits and click Save.

    Using profile lock feature on Netflix.
  5. When you go back to the account page, you’ll see a lock icon next to that profile.

    Using profile lock feature on Netflix.

To undo this, untick the box in the step 4.

How to See Viewing Activity on a Netflix Profile

Finally, you can also see what the kids are watching by going into their settings. 

  1. Go to your Netflix account page and scroll down to PROFILE & PARENTAL CONTROLS.

  2. Click the down arrow next to the profile you want to edit.

    Editing a profile in Netflix.
  3. Scroll down and click View next to Viewing activity.

    Viewing activity in Netflix.
  4. Click Download all to create a CSV file. (This is helpful if it’s a long list.)

    Downloading viewing history in Netflix.