Because Disney Plus is oriented towards families and children, you would think there would be robust Disney Plus parental controls for the streaming service. The bad news for parents is that, for now at least, those controls are pretty slim in terms of features. Here’s everything we know so far about Disney Plus parental controls?
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Does Disney Plus have parental controls?
The easy answer is “Yes.” 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.
What do Disney Plus parental controls lack?
Unfortunately, Disney Plus parental controls lack a number of features found on other streaming services, particularly in comparison to Netflix. At the moment, all kids have to do is simply click or tap on their parent’s profile to watch all of the content on Disney Plus. There’s no setup to lock out a kids’s access to a parent’s profile with a PIN number or password. You can’t set up time restrictions when watching content on the service either.
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 Disney Plus does try to label some of these older cartoons with a warning that they “may contain outdated cultural depictions.”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.