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HBO Max Kids profiles: What are they and how can parents use them?

Let your kids watch Sesame Street and more on their own.
November 28, 2022
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HBO Max is one of our favorite streaming services due in part to its large library of movies and TV shows, past and present. That includes lots of content for children to watch. However, how do parents let their kids use their HBO Max account to watch shows like Sesame Street and movies like DC League of Super Pets without having them watch more adult series and films? That’s where setting up HBO Max Kids profiles comes in.

In this article, we will tell you all about HBO Max Kids profiles and how they keep children from watching more mature content on the service. We will show you how to set up an HBO Max Kids profile, and finally, we will offer a few suggestions for HBO Max TV shows and movies that would be great for kids to watch. You can sign up for the service at the link below:

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HBO Max Kids profiles: What are they and how to use them?

What’s different about a Kids profile?

The big difference between an HBO Max Kids profile and a normal one is that parents can set up restrictions on what their children can watch on the service based on content ratings and kids’ ages. Also, the use of a kid’s profile comes with a special Kids home screen on the service that’s tailored to their age range. These profiles also come with their own list of shows and movies, recommended content, and a list of previously viewed films and series they can continue watching if they stop in the middle.

HBO Max allows you to have up to 5 profiles, and you can make all 5 of them kid’s profiles if you choose.

What age ranges are best suited to a Kids profile?

HBO Max has four age ranges for its Kids profiles. They are:

  • Little kids: Ages 2-5
  • Big kids: Ages 6-9
  • Tweens: Ages 10-12
  • Teens: Ages 13-17

Each age rating has different restrictions on content when a kid’s profile is used, although you can customize it based on movie and TV show ratings.

How to set up a kid-friendly HBO Max profile for your child

1. First, click or tap on your HBO Max profile and select Switch Profiles.

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2. Then, select the Add Kid selection on the screen.

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3. You should see the Create Profile page. If you are using the HBO Max mobile app, you can upload a picture of your child to use as his or her avatar. Otherwise, click on the avatar and you will be brought to the Kids & Family page. You can click on one of the many avatars from the vast Warner Bros, DC Comics, and Cartoon Network cast of characters to use as your kids’ avatar on the profile.

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4. Once you either upload a photo or select an avatar, you can fill in the Create Profile page with the kid’s name, along with their birth month and year. The latter will factor into what content the profile can access on the service.

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5. You will then be sent to the Set Parental Controls page. You can either leave the content ratings the way they are, based on your children’s age, or you can customize the content with a different movie and TV show rating. Kids profiles require a PIN to switch to another adult profile. This setting is set up by default, but you can disable using the PIN on this page if you want. Once you set up the ratings, click or tap on Save to complete the HBO Max Kids Profile.

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6. Now, you can select the Kids Profile on the Account Page.

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7. When the Kids profile is active, he or she can see the special Kids home screen, with content that’s only available on the profile.

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8. If your child tries to switch to a regular HBO Max profile, they will encounter the PIN screen. This should prevent them from watching more adult content. The PIN also prevents them from deleting their profile, because you have to enter the PIN to edit a Kid profile. When you are ready to watch HBO Max on your own, type in the PIN to switch to your profile.

Best kids movies on HBO Max

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There are a ton of great kids movies to stream on HBO Max. Here’s just a very small sampling:

  • Harry Potter movies – Watch all eight films in this franchise, adapting the seven Harry Potter novels about a boy who discovers he’s also a wizard.
  • Studio Ghibli movies – Kids can watch nearly all the classic and recent Japanese anime movies from this acclaimed studio.
  • The Wizard of Oz – This 1939 musical adaptation of the classic children’s book still holds up today.
  • Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – Here’s another great adaptation of a children’s book from 1971, with Gene Wilder perfectly playing Willie Wonka.
  • The Goonies – You can’t go wrong with this 1985 classic film about a group of kids trying to find treasure in their hometown.
  • DC League of Super-Pets – Here’s an entertaining 2022 animated movie about Superman’s dog Krypto recruiting other super-powered animals to help him rescue his master.

Best kids TV shows on HBO Max

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The service also has a ton of great TV series geared for children but can be enjoyed by all ages. Here are just a few of them:

  • Batman The Animated Series – This is a perfect introduction to Batman for kids, and it may actually be one of the best adaptations of this DC Comics character.
  • Sesame Street– HBO Max is the current first-run home for this classic preschool-themed children’s show, with all new episodes posted on Thursdays.
  • Looney Toons – HBO Max has all the classic Looney Tunes movie short subjects from the 1930s to more modern times, with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and more.
  • Adventure Time – This is one of the best, and wildest Cartoon Network series ever made.
  • Scoob! – There are a lot of Scooby Doo series and films on HBO Max, but our favorite is this recent animated movie, where we see the origins of this detective dog.
  • Kindergarten – This documentary series that films a typical kindergarten class is fun for both kids and adults to watch.


No, but you can change its rating restrictions so that the profile can access all of the service’s content.

Yes. If you subscribe to the $9.99 a month plan, your children will see ads before and during content they watch on their profile unless they are HBO and HBO Max exclusive shows.

HBO Max does let you set up a new PIN with an email prompt if you forget it.