Netflix Rolls Out ‘New, Improved’ Parental Controls

The Willoughbys on Netflix

The Willoughbys on Netflix

They can also review what children are watching within the profiles created for them and turn off the auto play of episodes.

The controls, which are now available on all Netflix accounts, are applied from the "Parental Control" section of a user's account settings and can be tailored to specific profiles.

Parents now have the ability to remove individual shows and movies from a Netflix profile so that they won't appear in any of the suggested lists or search results. As such, Netflix's latest parental control features couldn't have come at a better time.

Parents and guardians can now choose to remove individual series or films by title for any kids' profile, so that they won't show up anywhere in that profile. Earlier, individual titles were simply locked behind a PIN.

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Don't fret, Netflix has updated, and improved their parental controls based on feedback from their members. If you are willing to take the time to sift through Netflix's huge library, you can tailor a profile to only feature content that you're comfortable with your kid watching. Of course, if that sounds like too much work, you can always filter out titles by age categories, which are now country-specific, Netflix says. The kids profile shows "exclusively kid-friendly content, and have a character navigation bar that makes it easy for kids to find their favorite shows and movies", according to Netflix, and keeps the titles mostly rated G as it is.

The changes were born out of conversations with customers who asked for the ability to customize how and where kids could access programs.

Everyone has fallen into the Netflix trap of intending to watch one more episode and being lulled into submission by the "Next Episode" countdown when the credits roll.

Michelle Parsons, the product manager for Netflix Kids, told The Verge that Netflix "hope [s] that these additional controls will help parents make the right choices for their families".

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