Must-have: a separate profile for your kids on Netflix

by PeterTips & tricks from…13/01/2017

Must-have: a separate profile for your kids on Netflix


Read on to find out how to set it.

Perhaps you and your family use the same profile on Netflix. You watch The OA while your son devours Pokémon and your daughter tunes into Peppa Pig.

I didn't know this but, apparently, having a common profile is not such a good idea. It's better to give your kids an individual profile which they can use freely. Why? Here are three good reasons:

  1. No inappropriate movies or series

    You may not have noticed but there's quite a lot of racy stuff on Netflix. Including some very violent movies and horror series. Hardly appropriate for your kids. Well, by giving them an individual profile with the necessary age restrictions, they will no longer have access to this content. Read on to find out how to do this.

  2. Must-see content for kids

    A nice little extra! On their individual profile, your kids will receive customized viewing tips. Netflix even allows you to specify the type of viewer: "for little kids only", "for older kids and below" and "for teens and below".

  3. An added extra: your profile is no longer infected with kids stuff

    Because, to be honest, who likes getting viewing tips for the latest Disney movie or series for toddlers? Well, you won't anymore. And you'll be able to discover the full extent of the Netflix offering.

Who knows, maybe it's a good idea to also create an individual profile for your partner? That way, you won't keep getting tips for action/romance movies (strike what doesn't apply).

But how do you do it?

First, create an individual profile for your child.

  1. Click your name on the top right, then click "Your account"

  2. Next, click "Manage profiles".

  3. Add a profile or click on your child's existing profile.
  4. Enter your child's first name, checkmark the box "Kid?" and then click "Continue".

Now make sure the profile is child-friendly.

  1. In the profile overview, click on your child's profile.
  2. Under "Allowed TV shows and movies" select an age category.

Is your child a little older? Then he or she will probably know how to get around this by just clicking on your profile. To prevent this, set a general PIN for content you consider inappropriate on all profiles. Proceed as follows:

  1. Click your name on the top right, then click "Your account".

  2. In "Settings", click "Parental controls".

  3. Enter your account password.
  4. Now you can set a PIN with 4 digits. You can also select the protection level. You can make all content available or restrict content to movies and series for all ages.

To make absolutely certain, you can make it impossible to switch profiles if your kids use Netflix on your Android tablet. For this, create a separate, restricted profile on the tablet itself. Proceed as follows:

  1. First, make sure you’ve installed Android 4.3 or higher, so you can create a restricted profile.
  2. Then, go to "Settings" in the main menu.
  3. Here, click "Device" and then "Users".
  4. Underneath, click "Add user or profile" and select a "Restricted profile".
  5. Now you can configure the account the way you want. For example, you can set which apps can be opened.

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