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#1 How to set up parental controls on Netflix

Netflix takes a different approach while setting Parental Control. There soft controls and then there are hard controls.

Under Soft controls, Netflix allows you to have multiple profiles and set maturity level 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

Note: The hard control will allow you to set a pin code to access an account that allows access to mature content.

How to set up Soft controls

  • Sign In and Click on Manage Profiles

  • Click on the kid’s profile which should now show an edit button

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Under Allowed TV Programmes and Films, you will see two options:
    • For Little children only –  It sets for small kids who can watch animated cartoons and video
    •  For older children and younger – It sets for teens who can watch Star Wars and Harry Potter movies.
  • Click Save

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.

How to set up Hard controls

To set up a hard control, you will need to open Netflix on the browser. This doesn’t work on the app.

  • Sign In and go to the Account
  • Scroll down to Settings where you will see an option Parental Controls

 

  • You will be asked to enter your Netflix account password and click continue

  • You can now enter a Four – digit numerical profile passcode. You can also set content that wiill be available without the need for a password.

  • Click Save

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

How to see viewing activity

  • 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.
Note: Soft controls allow your kids to watch content that is suitable for them. But things can slip through the cracks which is where the hard controls come in.

#2 How to set parental controls for Prime Video (Amazon)

We recommend navigating to the Prime Video webpage from either you mobile device or your computer because it’s easier to implement the following steps (the app is more limited):

1.Set a parental pin code and decide when the pin code will be required

Go to: Prime Video Settings – Parental Controls and log into your account

Click on your Profile and select Accounts and Settings

Select the  Parental Controls tab where you can manage everything under a single roof. More organized and easy access

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Enter a PIN number and select Save

2. Scroll down to select Viewing Restrictions

There are five categories: Kids, Older Kids, Teens, Young Adults, and Adults. The number on the left represents the age.


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Select which rating levels will require a pin (e.g. tapping 7 will lock everything up to age 13)

Next, choose which devices you want to ask for your pin code

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

3. View Watch History

Which works like Netflix where you can keep tabs on what your kids were watching when you were gone.


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Unlike Netflix, these setting can be changed via App

4. Purchase pin restriction

Amazon Prime also offers Purchase pin restriction which means you will have to enter a pin before you can purchase anything on Prime like shows and movies


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You know, kids can go on buying spree anytime.

5. Turn off AutoPlay

While in Prime Video Settings – Parental Controls 

Tap Auto Play tab

Toggle it off

Note: We highly recommend turning Auto Play Off as this is one of the features that keep kids hooked. In theory, turning it off here at the account level should carry through to each of your devices (TVs included).  Sometimes it can take several minutes to update, but you should also check the devices that your kids actively you use.  From within the Prime Video app, go to Settings (lower right of screen), tap AutoPlay and make sure it’s toggled off.

#3 How to set parental controls on YouTube

Parents should know that YouTube’s Restricted mode is easy for any child to deactivate. Because of this, we recommend that parents discourage their child from using the YouTube app, and be sure to use Safari Restrictions. Safari Restrictions will still provide some protection in YouTube’s browser version even if Restricted mode is turned off, but do not work in the YouTube app.

For the computer:

1. Turn on Restricted mode

  • Go to the account icon 
  • Click Restricted mode
  • Toggle on Activate Restricted mode

        

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2. Turn off Autoplay

  • Play any video and , and look for the Up Next section (right column of screen)
  • Toggle off Autoplay

For the iphone/ipad (the browser version):

1. Turn on Restricted mode

  • Go to youtube.com and click on the to the top right 
  • Click on Settings within the pop up that appears
  • Tap on Restricted mode  to activate it

      

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2. Turn off Autoplay

  • At the bottom of your screen, look for the Up Next Section
  • Locate the Autoplay switch on the right, and toggle it off

For the iphone/ipad (the app):

1. Turn on Restricted mode

  • In the top right, tap your account icon 
  • Tap Settings 
  • Toggle on Restricted mode 

      

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2. Turn off Autoplay

  • Look for the Up Next Section
  • Locate the Autoplay switch on the right, and toggle it off

If parents want to monitor their kids on YouTube, they can:

  • Use Screen Time (iOS 12) to see how much time their kids are spending on it
  • Review Watch History found in YouTube’s Settings

See Our Complete Guide to YouTube for more information.  

If parents have concerns about YouTube, there is also YouTube Kids which already filters out content. For a more dependable content filtering solution there is Mobicip. It is the only content filter that works for both youtube.com and the YouTube app, and it also blocks private browsing (~$40/year).

#4 How to set parental controls on Comcast

Because Comcast is the dominant player in the market, we’re including parental control instructions here. Of course, monitoring what your child watches is always recommended, the options below can make your life a little easier.  

Any Comcast cable subscriber can restrict access to Xfinity On Demand and Pay Per View programs by setting up a Purchase PIN. This PIN will be required before any program can be purchased.

Note: The below instructions may vary depending on your on-screen guide, but the basic parental control functions should remain the same. View your On-Screen Guide for more details.

How to set up a Purchase PIN?

  • Press the Menu button twice on your Comcast remote control
  • Select Parental Control from the Main Menu
  • If this is the first time you are accessing Parental Controls, you will be asked to create a Locks PIN. If you already have a Locks PIN, you will be asked to enter it
  • Highlight and select PINs Setup from the Parental Control menu
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to enter a new Purchase PIN
  • If you forget your Purchase PIN, call 1-800-xfinity (1-800-934-6489) to have it reset

If you an X1 box, you can create a parental pincode that is required every time someone wants to watch TV.  There are also a number of other parental controls for you to choose from once you’ve accessed the main menu.

 

How to set PINs in Parental Controls?

  • Press the xfinity button on your remote control
  • Using the right arrow button, scroll over to highlight Settings. Press the OK button
  • Use the down arrow button to highlight Parental Controls. Press OK
  • Use the down arrow button to highlight Parental Control PIN. Press OK to select On

  • Enter a four-digit Locks PIN of your choosing
  • Re-enter the Locks PIN to confirm
  • Press the Exit key to return to regular TV viewing

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