In an attempt to become more of a streaming service for the entire family, Netflix has just start rolling out some additional parental controls to help its users keep children away from content that isn't appropriate for their age. Don't get me wrong, the company already had some good parental controls, including a special interface for kids, but since Disney will launch its own service next year, it probably felt the need to improve the already existing safeguards.
So, in case you're wondering what are these new options for parental control, the first thing that I've noticed is that you can now protect specific TV shows with a PIN code so that you can restrict specific shows or movies even if the rating system considers them appropriate for your kids. Another change comes in the way the maturity level rating is displayed for each show, making it more visible. Furthermore, the reasons why a movie or a show has been included in a specific rating will be easier to a see at a glance, helping parents make better and more informed decisions without wasting too much time.
These new parental control features are already available to some user and rolling out globally to everyone who's on the streaming service in the months to come. As far as I'm concerned, the added safety functions seem like a good idea and will probably help Netflix keep its customer base even against giants like Disney or Apple, which is rumor to be working on its own movies and TV streaming service.