Do you remember the days when Netflix was a mail service? That's when you would select a movie or two that you wanted to watch, put it on your list and eventually the DVDs would show up in your mailbox.
Even though Netflix still offers the mail service, it's mostly known as a streaming service these days. It has also expanded its library to go beyond movies by adding TV series and original content. It's one of the most popular streaming services around.
But there's one feature missing that parents have been wanting for quite some time. Good news, it's finally being added to the site.
Netflix is becoming more child-friendly
One concern that parents have had about Netflix is a lack of parental controls. As you probably know, a wide variety of content is available on the streaming service and some of it might not be appropriate for children.
The company just announced that it's introducing PIN protection and other enhancements for better-informed viewing.
According to Netflix, "We are improving some long-standing Netflix features that provide members with the information and tools they need to make wise decisions about what's right for themselves and for their families. We're rolling out these improvements across the many devices used by Netflix members, and across our global markets, in the coming months."
Up first, the company will introduce a PIN parental control for both individual movies as well as original series. This will give parents and guardians more specific control over what their kids are able to watch on the service. This is a welcome change for parents.
Every family has different opinions on what is appropriate for children of different ages. Netflix previously had PIN protection for all content at a particular maturity level for Netflix accounts. This new feature will allow parents to set-up PIN protection for specific series or films, allowing for more individual control.
The company also announced it will begin displaying maturity level ratings in a more prominent way once a user hits play on a title. This will help ensure members are aware of the maturity level of the program they are about to watch before it begins to play.
A specific date has yet to be announced when the new features will be available. They are expected to roll out over the next few months.
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