Parents' Guide to


By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Lots of great kids' media with layered parent controls.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 23 parent reviews

age 2+

Christian perspective of Netflix

Netflix is perhaps one of the better known streaming services of this day and age. Because of that, it has the potential to greatly influence and impact hundreds of thousands of people. While Netflix does include quite a few good movies and shows, such as inspirational films like "God's Not Dead", or wholesome family friendly shows such as "One Day at a Time," "Gilmore Girls," or "The Great British Baking Show," it also streams some that are morally questionable, and as Christians, that should be objectionable to us, such as the animated series "Big Mouth." Immoral shows and movies most commonly violate the media key of Human Dignity. This is because most shows that are immoral are objectionable because they in some way or another objectify and de-humanize people, whether that be through obscenity, or gratuitous violence. This is wrong, since every human has dignity, and should never be portrayed as merely an object. At the same time, though, Netflix has many movies and shows that do uphold the dignity of the person, which is a good thing. So when browsing Netflix, looking for something to watch, its important to remember the key of attitude awareness, and really consider exactly what message (good or bad) a certain movie or show is trying to give. In this way, we can be aware of, and avoid, any immoral messages, but also, if we are really looking at something closely, we can see and appreciate aspects of beauty, truth, and goodness that may be present in a movie or show. These things should always be present in, and emphasized in, every piece of media that is created.
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age 7+

fine for all ages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (23):
Kids say (106):

This app version of the popular video streamer is a convenient way to access your account and the content it provides. Although easily accessible with access to a Wi-Fi or mobile network, users also have the option to download titles for offline viewing, which adds on-demand appeal. The interface is simple to use, and the picture and sound quality are usually quite good on a Wi-Fi network, though mobile quality has been reported to be spotty, with lots of buffering interruptions. Titles are usually accompanied by maturity rating and a brief description to help families determine whether it's worth watching. It's important to note that additional warnings and filtering may occur, given concerns surrounding shows like 13 Reasons Why. To address concerns around loop holes, Netflix has added features to improve parent controls and profile security. The universal password is required to make changes to any of the account's settings. The profile lock, which is a four-digit code, adds an additional layer of security, restricting access to profiles without the code. This ensures kids don't access more mature content by opening another family member's profile. This can also come in handy for those wanting to lock others out of their profile so their viewing preferences don't impact viewing history and the platform's recommendations based on viewing trends. Parents can also access a list of recently viewed programs and movies using a Web browser if they want to verify what kids have been watching. And parents have significant control over a profile's access to particular maturity ratings and can scale up or down based on what they feel is appropriate for their kids. The improved parental controls and security features bring families closer to ensuring kids have a safe viewing experience. The only downside is that all of this has to be done on a Web browser, and editing features on the app itself are extremely limited. Netflix offers great content, countless titles, and is consistently adding new and original content ensuring something for everyone!

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (monthly subscription ranges from $8.99 - $15.99.)
  • Release date: April 13, 2020
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Publisher: Netflix, Inc.
  • Version: 12.27.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 12.0 or later, Android 5.0 and up
  • Last updated: September 16, 2021

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