Internet, Networking, & Security Family Tech How to Use Netflix's Parental Controls Restrict and monitor the viewing habits of your kids By Andy O'Donnell Writer Andy O'Donnell, MA, is a former freelance contributor to Lifewire and a senior security engineer who is active in internet and network security. our editorial process Andy O'Donnell Updated October 09, 2019 The Ultimate Guide to Parental Controls The Ultimate Guide to Parental Controls Introduction Set Boundaries for Gaming How to Use Fortnite Parental Controls How to Set up the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls How to Use PS4 Parental Controls How to Use Xbox One Parental Controls How to Set Up Nintendo 3DS Parental Controls How to Turn Off Parental Controls on Nintendo 3DS How to Use Roblox Parental Controls Control Internet & Social Media Activities How to Set Up Internet Parental Controls Instagram Safety Tips for Parents How to Make Google Safer for Your Kids The Best Parental Control Apps to Try How to Use YouTube's Parental Controls How to Configure Parental Controls in Google Chrome How to Use Safari Parental Controls How to Use Amazon Parental Controls Limit Computer & Phone Use How to Use Mac Parental Controls How to Set Up and Use iOS Screen Time How to Set up Parental Controls on iOS How to Set up and Use Restrictions on an iPhone How to Childproof Your Android How to Turn on iPad Restrictions How to Set up Parental Controls in Windows 10 How to Set Up and Use Parental Controls on your Router How to Use Samsung Parental Controls Manage Movies and Music How to Use Netflix Parental Controls How to Set Up and Use Apple TV Parental Controls How to Set Parental Controls on Fire TV, Roku, & Chromecast How to Use Spotify Parental Controls How to Block Explicit Songs on Apple Music Jamie Grill / Getty Images Tweet Share Email 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 agesOlder Kids: watch movies and TV shows suitable for older kidsTeens: watch movies and TV shows suitable for teensAdults: 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: Log in to your Netflix account using a browser. Open Your Account then click Edit for the profile to be restricted. Select the highest level of age-appropriate content that you wish to permit by selecting the appropriate maturity level from the drop-down menu. 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 the 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 your 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.