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Disney Plus parental controls: Here's what you need to know

There are ways to keep some content from being accessed by kids, but more control is still needed.
December 12, 2021
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Because Disney Plus is oriented towards families and children, you would think there would be robust Disney Plus parental controls for the streaming service. Until recently, those controls were pretty slim in terms of features.  Now, thanks in part to the Disney Star brand of Disney Plus that launched outside of the US, parental controls have been beefed up across the board. Here’s everything we know so far about Disney Plus parental controls.

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Does Disney Plus have parental controls?

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The easy answer is “Yes.” First, Disney Plus allows parents to create a special Kids Profile. When this profile is engaged on your Disney Plus account, the user interface on both the web and on mobile apps becomes simplified for younger kids. More importantly. the profile only allows Disney Plus content that is either rated “G” by the Motion Pictures Association of America or TV-7FV by the US TV Parental Guidelines. Disney Plus in other countries uses the corresponding ratings in their markets for Kids Profile. It’s very simple to set up a Disney Plus Kids Profile. In fact, we have an entire article devoted to doing just that.

Adding PIN numbers to Kids Profiles

Recently, Disney Plus, both in the US and internationally, added new parental controls. This includes a way to add PIN numbers to profiles so parents can completely control their children’s access to their individual profiles. Here’s how to do that on the mobile app.

  1. Tap on the profile of the controlling account in the lower right corner of the app.
  2. Tap on the Profile that you want to edit.
  3. Tap on the Profile PIN section
  4. Tap the check box so the PIN section is live.
  5. Finally, type in the four digit PIN you want to use to lock out the profile from others.

Set up content ratings for profiles

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Disney Plus now allows you to edit profiles so that you can restrict content based on a movie or TV show’s specific content rating. This is a step up from the Kids Profile, which just automatically retricts content that isn’t labeled as G or TV-7FV by the US TV Parental Guidelines. Here’s how to set that up

  1. Tap on the profile of the controlling account in the lower right corner of the app.
  2. Tap on the Profile that you want to edit.
  3. Tap on the Content Rating section
  4. Tap which content rating you want to restrict for this profile.

Kids’s Profile Exit Question

There’s also a new feature for Disney Plus parental controls. If you have set up a Kid’s Profile, you can toggle an option so that if a child wants to leave his or her profile, they must answer a simple exit question.

What do Disney Plus parental controls still lack?

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Unfortunately, Disney Plus parental controls still lack some features found on other streaming services, particularly in comparison to Netflix. For one thing, you can’t set up time restrictions when watching content on the service.

There’s also no way to block access to specific Disney Plus movies and TV shows in a Kids Profile. This is especially needed, as many of Disney’s older cartoons, movies, and shows, even if they are rated G or TV-7FV, might include some objectionable content. That includes the use of tobacco or the depictions of certain racial attitudes of the time. Disney Plus does try to label some of these older cartoons with a warning that they “may contain outdated cultural depictions.” Even so, it would be a better choice to add a way to block specific titles to a Kids Profile.

That’s all we know about Disney Plus parental controls. If and when the service makes changes to these features, we will update the article accordingly.