Let’s just all agree that we love Netflix! Whether it’s binge watching our favourite show or keeping our children occupied for a few hours, Netlfix is a must-have in many homes in Dubai! With over 1,406 TV shows, documentaries and movies currently on Netflix in the UAE, there is a lot of great content that young people can use to learn from, engage with or use just to to relax with. The sheer number of titles on Netflix does however mean that there is some content that is not appropriate for all users to watch.

Luckily, Netflix have announced new ways you can control the types of shows that your children watch, and ways in which you can stop them from watching specific shows you don’t think are appropriate. You can search and select specific titles that you don’t want available to your child.

Everyone can now add these new, improved controls to their profile by going to account settings on mobile or laptop. When setting up the age restrictions you can choose based on the age that is most applicable for your children. The options are U, PG, 12, 15 and 18. Remember that this is the oldest age rating that they will be allowed to watch, so for example picking 12 will allow your child to watch shows and films rated 12 and below.

What are parental controls?

Parental controls are designed to help protect children from unsuitable shows they may come across online. These controls can be used to restrict access to age-inappropriate content, to set usage times and to monitor activity. On Netflix specifically, parental controls are available to restrict what young people can watch, as well as to see what young people have been watching.

It’s worth being aware that no parental controls or filtering options are 100% effective. As children grow up, they can become quite tech-savvy and this could mean that they learn how to disable or by-pass parental controls.

With parental controls, it’s important to remember to keep passwords private from your children – sharing it may mean they can turn off or modify the parental settings which you have put in place.

Before you implement or change your parental control settings have a conversation with your children, talk about why you are doing this and what it means for their internet use. Use this as an opportunity to talk to them about the way they spend their time online and the things they may see online.

Parents can now:

  • PIN protect individual profiles to prevent kids using them.
  • Tailor their kids Netflix experience by filtering out titles that are not appropriate for their age. We’ve built these filters using country ratings, so they are more intuitive.
  • Remove individual series or films by title. When this filter is used, the blocked title(s) won’t show up anywhere in that profile.
  • Easily review each profile’s setting using the “Profile and Parental Controls” hub within account settings.
  • See what their kids have been watching within the profile created for them
  • Turn off auto play of episodes in kids’ profiles.

Talk to your children

Remember, parental controls can be helpful, but they are not a replacement for ongoing discussion and involvement with your child’s online life. Watch shows together, talk about their favourite things to watch and play a part in your child’s decision-making process when they want to start a new series.

When it comes to parental controls it’s important to strike a balance that woks for your whole family. By having these conversations you can help make sure that your whole family work together to get the most out of the online world.

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