Netflix gives parents the ability to shield kids from specific titles

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Netflix has a new gift that parents may find useful: The ability to PIN-protect individual titles. 

Currently, Netflix allows users to set PINs for all Netflix content above a certain maturity rating. For example, if you’re worried about little Jimmy watching R-rated movies, you can set your account such that any R-rated movie requires a PIN. 

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Soon, however, you’ll be able to set a PIN on a specific movie or TV series. So if Jimmy’s ready to see some action movies, but you think Star Wars is just too much, you can set a PIN to pop up whenever he tries to watch Rogue One.

“We understand that every family is different and that parents have differing perspectives on what they feel is appropriate to watch at different ages,” writes Netflix’s director of advanced content Mike Hastings in a blog post.

Netflix says the feature will roll out worldwide in the “coming months.”

You can set a PIN in your parental control panel.

You can set a PIN in your parental control panel.

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To check if you have the feature, go to Accounts > Settings > Parental Controls. From there, you’ll be able to set a PIN to restrict by maturity level or, if you have it, by specific titles. 

Netflix will also soon begin prominently displaying maturity ratings on content while you’re watching. 

In case you forgot, Trolls is PG.

In case you forgot, Trolls is PG.

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“While these maturity ratings are available in other parts of the experience, we want to ensure members are fully aware of the maturity level as they begin watching,” Hastings writes. 

So in case you’re prone to forget that Guardians of the Galaxy is rated PG-13 for “brief suggested content,” well, now you’ll know.  

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