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Youtube

How to turn on Restricted Mode in Youtube?

  1. Go to your profile picture
  2. Go to ‘Settings’
  3. Toggle the ‘Restricted Mode’ on

Lock YouTube Restricted Mode

Wait, that was too easy. The kids could just turn it off again. To counter this issue, Google provides lock feature. Simply sign out of your YouTube account in the browser/app and the settings will be locked. Note that settings are browser specific, so you will have to repeat it on every browser.

Amazon Prime

How to set Parental Controls on Amazon Prime?

Amazon Prime takes this issue more seriously than Hulu and offers a bunch of features to manage parental controls. Let’s take a look.

  • Log in to your Prime account 
  • Click on your profile
  • Select Accounts and Settings
  • Click on Parental Controls where you can manage everything under a single roof. More organized and easy to access
  • There are different tabs:
    • The first option is Prime Video Pin where you can set a passcode to prevent your kids from accessing Prime content
    • The next option is Viewing Restrictions which will let you set an age limit for the type of content your kids can view. To access these videos, you will have to enter the pin you set up above

Unfortunately, Amazon Prime doesn’t allow creating separate profiles for kids like Netflix.

There are five categories: Kids, Older Kids, Teens, Young Adults, and Adults.

The number on the left represents age.

Amazon says you can also restrict certain categories and block access to all content under them. There are four main categories that are governed by MPAA ratings: General, Family, Teen, and Mature.

Note: You can’t sort content based on categories in Prime!

If your kid is using a different device than you are, Prime has an additional option to block certain devices. This option lies just below Viewing Restrictions. Just untick any device you don’t want to allow access to.

Amazon Prime also offers Purchase Pin restriction which means you will have to enter the pin before you can purchase anything on Prime like shows and movies. You know, kids can go on a buying spree anytime!

  • The last tab is a Watch History tab which works like Netflix where you can keep tabs on what your kids were watching when you were gone.

Unlike Netflix, these settings can be changed via the app

Netflix

How to Set Parental Controls on Netflix?

Netflix takes a different approach. There are soft controls and then there are hard controls. Under the soft controls, Netflix will allow you to have multiple profiles and set maturity levels for each individual profile that will determine the content you can access. There are four types:

  1. For little children only – Suitable for all ages
  2. For Older children and younger – Suitable for older kids
  3. For teens and below – Suitable for teens
  4. All maturity levels – Mature content

Here are the steps:

  • Go to Netflix and sign in. You will see a screen like this. Click on Manage Profiles
  • The Kids profile comes default, but you can make changes as necessary. Click on the Kids profile which should now show an edit button
  • Under Allowed TV Programmes and Films, you will see two options: For little children only and For older children and younger. The first is for really small children who are into animated stuff while the latter is good for teens who can watch Stars Wars and Harry Potter movies. Play around and see which one suits you best. When done, click save and in the next screen
  • Click Done

Note: Did you noticed the Child option? Clicking on it will restrict all content that is not safe for children under 12 years of age.

You can also monitor what your kids are watching on Netflix by viewing their activity. To do this, go to Account and scroll to the bottom where it says My Profile. Click on Viewing Activity.

This will show you a list of all the shows and movies that your kids have watched. Soft controls allow your kids to watch content that is suitable for them. But things can still slip through the cracks which is where the hard controls come in.

The hard control will allow you to set a pin code to access an account that allows access to mature content. To set up Netflix hard controls, which is what I recommend over the above solution, you will need to open the site in your browser. This doesn’t work on the app.

  1. Go to Account
  2. scroll down to Settings where you will see an option Parental Controls
  3. Click on it
  4. You will be asked to enter your Netflix account password
  5. Do it and click Continue
  6. You can now enter a four-digit numerical profile passcode. You can also set content that will be available without the need for a password
  7. Click Save

Your kids can now only access content that is deemed appropriate for them based on ratings like R, PG, PG-13, TV-14, and so on.

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