Our Complete Guide to Major Content Providers
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#1 How to set up parental controls on Netflix
We recommend the following four steps:
- Set up a separate user profile for your kids (or individual profiles for each child)
- Set up a required parental pin code when anyone wants to watch more mature content (safeguards your kids sneaking into parent account profiles). Note: this must be done from Netflix.com
- Choose what level of maturity to allow before a pin code is requested. You can keep Netflix locked by not selecting a maturity level. Any time someone wants to watch, they will have to enter the pin code make it easier for your child to disconnect!
Note: this must be done from Netflix.com and you must do it for every user profile
#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):
- 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
- Select the Parental Controls tab
- Enter a PIN number and select Save
- Scroll dow to select Viewing Restrictions
- Select which ratings 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
- Turn off Auto Play
- 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 keeps 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 Auto Play 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:
For the iphone/ipad (the browser version):
For the iphone/ipad (the app):
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
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.