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How do I protect Netflix with a PIN?

Protect Netflix with a PIN
Keep spooky shows at arm's length

Certain TV programmes and films on Netflix are far from suitable for children – which, of course, makes them very appealing to curious kids. Luckily, the streaming service makes it easy to lock away gory, adult and sweary content. Here’s how to protect Netflix with a PIN.

You may have noticed that default Netflix already has a dedicated section called Children, which contains no inappropriate content whatsoever. However, you can never underestimate kids’ tech-savviness – especially if friends have told them about “the scariest film ever” – so it’s worth exploring the PIN option for peace of mind. 

How to protect Netflix with a PIN

Open up Netflix in your desktop browser of choice, click on the dropdown menu in the top-right of the screen and select Account. 

In the page that appears, scroll down to “Parental controls” under the Setting subheading.

How to protect Netflix with a PIN

Enter your password into the box that appears, making sure you’re not being watched by prying eyes…

How to protect Netflix with a PIN

Now it’s time to set your PIN. As an example, we’ve gone for 1234, but the best and obvious advice is to choose something your kids won’t guess. They always know more than you think.

You’ll receive an email containing the PIN so, if you have a shared family PC, make sure only you have access to your inbox.

How to protect Netflix with a PIN

Click Save to start blocking. By default, everything will be unprotected, but you can use the green slider to grey out certain certifications: “Adults 15/18” would be the obvious choice, but you can also switch off “Teens 12” and even “Older Kids PG”.

How to protect Netflix with a PIN

Usefully, as you can see from the screenshot above, you can choose to PIN-protect certain titles, if you’d rather not opt for a wholesale ban. They could also be “exceptions to the rule” – for example, a film in the Little Kids category that you know will scare (or has previously scared) your children.

And that’s it. Now, when someone tries to watch something they shouldn’t, they’ll be shown the following screen…

How to protect Netflix with a PIN

To switch off the PIN, head back to the “Parental controls” section of Settings, enter your account password and toggle the green slider back to full.

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Max Figgett

Max has written for numerous websites and magazines over the years. Whether it’s about ancient hardware or software secrets, no Big Tech Question is too obscure for him to tackle.

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