Whether you’re looking for an educational preschool program or a movie to entertain your teens, there’s plenty on Netflix for kids! We’ll share some of our favorite watching tips.
Netflix for the whole family
With well over 100 million streaming subscribers, Netflix has become a staple in many homes. Many parents feel comfortable parking their children in front of the TV in the family room for a baby binge watch, but that might not always be the best strategy if you don’t also activate some amount of parental control! Some Netflix shows and movies are definitely for adults only!
So how do you optimize your Netflix account for every member of the family? Here are some suggestions.
Customizing Netflix for kids
How do you set up Netflix for kids? First, you have to set up accounts for different users in your house. You can have up to five individual profiles, so many different people in your household can use customize your experience.
Chances are, if you have kids, you’ll probably want to limit them to the “Kids” section of the app, and there’s a huge selection of movies for kids on Netflix- even current kids movies of 2018.
Keep in mind: just because you can find a TV show or movie in the “Kids” section on Netflix, doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily a good option for your family! There are several teen movies on Netflix I definitely wouldn’t let my 5-year-old watch, even if they’re technically for “kids.”
Even some preschool shows might have messages or bad attitudes you’re not comfortable exposing your child to. Do not trust Netflix as a babysitter! As a parent, you can’t just assume shows on Netflix for kids are quality entertainment for your child.
Setting parental controls
But fear not, parents, because you can set parental controls to regulate Netflix for kids, even from your smartphone. As a parent and primary account user, you can require a PIN for any program above a certain rating, or even for a specific TV show or movie you don’t want your kids watching.
You can even set up parental control for Android, or even iPhone parental controls. Instead of opening the app itself, open the web browser of Netflix on your device. You can switch your PIN or preferences there, even if you can’t in the app itself.
What to watch on Netflix
So you’ve set up your profile and parental controls–what do you watch? Your tween daughter and 5-year-old son are probably not going to agree on a favorite movie, so here are a few suggestions to get you started.
Netflix for the preschooler
While many popular TV shows and movies don’t stay on Netflix forever, but here are a few of our favorites.
VeggieTales in the House!: Join Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber, and all their friends as they share solid morals and social skills with a great dose of fun and humor.
Leapfrog: Go along with Violet, Scout, and all their friends as your children can discover numbers and phonetic sounds. From Phonics Farm to The Amazing Alphabet, your kids will have a great time learning!
Superwhy: Who’s got the power-the power to read? Your preschooler- after hanging out Wyatt and the Super Readers. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy endless adventures in their favorite Fairytales with these exciting friends?
Netflix for elementary school kids
The Who Was? Show: Even kids who don’t like history will be a fan of this fun, quirky show! It takes great liberties with history- like putting Amelia Earhart and Isaac Newton together in the same episode- but gives kids a passion for learning.
Spirit Riding Free: This will be a favorite for the horse-loving girls in your house! Learn great lessons about friendship and courage with Lucky and her friends as you explore the American West.
The Magic School Bus Rides Again: Ms. Frizzle’s younger sister is back with more scientific discoveries and adventures aboard the magic school bus. Your kids will get excited about science and exploring the world around them in new ways.
Sugar Rush: Bakers have to prepare delectable desserts while also racing the clock to win a grand prize of $10,000. Your kids will enjoy the action, but they might want to make cupcakes after the show.
Netflix for all
Netflix offers lots of content for families and children, such as documentaries, funny animal movies, cartoons, and more. These shows just scratch the surface of all the offerings out there. As great as some of these shows can be, just remember even the best TV show or movie is no substitute for quality time you spend doing fun things with your kids! Check out FamilyApp for some great ideas.