The Kids section of Netflix, which has been available on mobile devices and game consoles is now available as an option on set top devices. The services’s kids section offers an entire menu of fit for children including quick launch sections for subcategories like Mickey Mouse, Strawberry Shortcake, Woody Woodpecker along with categories based on the viewing of content from across profiles like any other Netflix account. Only the content is only generated based on family friendly selections. The kids section will not recommend Weeds because you watched Orange Is tThe New Black for instance. The section is now an option for Roku, Apple TV and The Fire TV.
What is the difference between this and your kids having their own profile?
If you had the settings on your child’s profile set for 12 and under, there is actually not a major difference in the selections. The major difference between the kids section and a personal profile set for an appropriate age group is actually that in a personal profile the system will be able to pull information from the profiles history and generate a watch list based on it. Basically the greatest advantage of the kids section is that it is a ready made video playpen of sorts that does not require a great deal of set up. It has ready made categorizes like TV shows about animals and movies based on books, or history stories and such in place of “Thrillers” or Dark Fantasy, or even the dreaded popular on Netflix. It might be a real helpful feature for the childless uncle whose favorite niece is along for a visit from a sibling or friend with children. Just click kids and be done with it.
The Kids section also has a distinctive look and feel. Its menu is easy for kids to navigate because of its use of pictures of favorite characters along with listings to speed in content discovery. Instead of a red and black themed background it the colors are bright and clean. This is also helpful for parents who can quickly identify the differences.
Can you leave the Kids section without a password?
Yes. There is no setting that prevents someone from leaving the kids section. This makes the Kids section of Netflix very different from say “FreeTime” from Amazon, which locks kids into a password protected kids safe environment.