Celebrate the Season Together with Netflix

December 15, 2022

Tis the season to curl up around the fire with family (whether it’s wood-burning or the next best thing) and wrap up the year together with Netflix’s Here for the Holidays collection. On Netflix, families can enjoy a wide-ranging catalog of Kids & Family Movies and TV Shows, made by some of the best creators around the world. 

Discover Holiday Favorites like Christmas Chronicles, Klaus, or Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey. Or Sweets & Treats, with stories to satisfy your sweet tooth from The Great British Baking Show: Holidays and Sugar Rush. Then explore imaginative new worlds together in Slumberland and Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio. Time for some great family movie nights!

Netflix offers a wide range of Parental Control and Ratings Information for all of our titles, so that parents can decide what’s appropriate for their kids. As you close out the year, it’s a perfect time to set up or even refresh your parental controls on Netflix. 

Here’s a quick list of what you can do:

  • Set up a Kids profile 
  • Choose a maturity rating (such a PG)
  • Block specific titles 
  • Disable autoplay
  • Lock your adult profile(s) with a PIN
  • Protect your passwords

You can easily access these settings by opening the Profile & Parental Controls settings on your Accounts page. 

Netflix Kids Profile

A Netflix Kids profile (intended for ages 12 and under) will only play TV shows and movies rated for ages 12 and under (for the U.S., this means a maximum rating of PG), and it won’t allow access to account settings or Netflix mobile games. All Kids profiles have an icon that says “Kids” so you can easily identify them. 

Customize profiles by Maturity Ratings

With a Kids profile, you can Customize Viewing Experiences by restricting content according to a maturity rating that describes a specific title’s age appropriateness — for example, “PG-13” and “TV-14.” 

Netflix sets ratings by the frequency and impact of mature content in a movie or series, such as the amount of violence, sex, adult language, nudity or substance use that may be present. By setting rating restrictions, you can take charge of what content your child sees. 

Feel free to customize this for each child’s profile. For example, you might choose TV-Y for your preschooler’s profile, PG for your middle schooler’s profile and TV-14 for your teenager’s profile. The choice — and power — are all yours.

Blocking Specific Titles 

What if there’s a specific TV series or movie that you don’t want your child watching, even if the maturity rating is within the allowed age range? Maybe it’s something you’ve simply watched too many times (looking at you, CoComelon) or a series like Our Planet — beautiful and educational, but it has that traumatic flamingo moment.

Netflix parental controls allow you to manually block specific movies or series from your child’s profile. 

Disabling Autoplay

We know how valuable autoplay is when you’re on a long road trip or are trying to get dinner going. But sometimes, one episode’s enough. Easily disable it when it’s time to set limits. 

Lock your profile with a PIN

Just as important as adding parental controls is making sure your child can’t disable them when you’re not looking. Not that they, you know, would… but it never hurts to remove the temptation. To preempt any of that mischief, you’ll want to lock your settings with a PIN. 

Don’t forget to set a PIN to add new profiles to your account to ensure that a particularly crafty and motivated child can’t get around your parental controls by creating a new profile. 

Protect Your Passwords

This might seem obvious, but don’t share your Netflix password with your kids if you don’t want them to be able to circumvent your parental controls. Anyone who knows your Netflix password can change your account settings!

Download the Netflix for Families brochure here, and parental controls checklist here.

Written by

Shanta Arul

As a global public policy leader at Netflix, Shanta focuses on digital and media policy issues including online protection of minors, ratings & classification, accessibility and technology ethics. She has also in previous roles at the company led strategic policy initiatives & campaigns, industry development efforts, regulatory advocacy, and industry relations across the Asia Pacific region.

Shanta has over 10 years of experience in developing regulatory, industry, and communications strategy for private companies and public sector entities. Prior to joining Netflix, she held various Government Relations and Communications positions in PayPal Asia Pacific. Her work there included leading on internal and external policy & public affairs efforts for the company’s technology organisation and corporate social responsibility initiatives; providing communications counsel to senior leadership at the regional and global level; and spearheading consumer and Business-to-Business media campaigns; She was also previously a part of Strategic Movies, a strategic and crisis communication practice.

Additionally, Shanta has acted as a policy and communications consultant to several Members of Parliament in Singapore, conducting policy research and drafting parliamentary speeches. Shanta holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the National University of Singapore