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Netflix Adds More Parental Controls: PIN Protected Profiles, Disabling Auto Play and More

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Netflix has announced today more controls for families over how they use the service, offering parents new protection over profiles and more ways to limit what their kids watch on the service.

“Every family is different,” explains Netflix, adding “it’s why we also give parents the controls they need to make the right decisions for their families. Today we’re updating and improving those controls, based on feedback from our members.”

Below is what’s new for parents:

  • PIN protect individual profiles to prevent kids using them
  • Filtering out titles that are not appropriate for their age with country ratings
  • Remove individual series or films by title; won’t show up in profile
  • Easily review each profile’s setting in new “Profile and Parental Controls” hub within account settings
  • See profile viewing history for kids; Turn off auto play of episodes in kids profiles

Netflix also detailed to iPhone in Canada some of the kids shows made in Canada or are being filmed here and the studios worked with, including:

  • Happy Cartoons and Atomic Cartoon Studios from Vancouver on The Hollow and The Last Kids on Earth
  • Mercury Filmworks in Ottawa on Hilda.
  • Locke and Key (Ontario/Nova Scotia)
  • Umbrella Academy (Ontario)
  • Lost in Space (season one in Vancouver, and season two in Alberta).

Auto play can be either a blessing for parents looking to use Netflix to babysit their kids during this COVID-19 pandemic, but also a way for your kids to go blind as well. #nojudgment

Netflix says these new controls can be accessed on the web or on mobile, starting tomorrow.

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