Netflix

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Lots of great kids' media with layered parent controls.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 20 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 52 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Intuitive to use, especially for those with a pre-existing Netflix account. Recommendations based on viewing history as well as the way titles are organized on the interface make navigation simple. 

Violence & Scariness

Allows access to violent movies and TV shows. Movies and shows can be limited by age-appropriateness or blocked on a case-by-case basis via online preferences in your Netflix account.

Sexy Stuff

Allows access to movies and TV shows with sexual content. Movies and shows can be limited by age-appropriateness via online preferences in your Netflix account or blocked on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Allows access to movies and TV shows with language that may be inappropriate for your family. Movies and shows can be limited by age-appropriateness or blocked on a case-by-case basis via online preferences in your Netflix account.

Consumerism

Allows movies and content that may be consumer in nature, including documentaries about brands and products and programs that promote a consumer lifestyle.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Allows access to movies that may contain drinking, drugs, and smoking. Movies and shows can be filtered by age-appropriateness through the preferences in your online Netflix account.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Netflix is an entertainment app that allows users with a Netflix account to watch streaming movies and TV shows on a mobile device. The app makes recommendations of TV shows and movies based on watch history. Each family member (with up to five members) can have his or her own profile with a set age, favorites, social media links, and histories. Although most titles are accompanied by maturity rating and a brief description, some controversial shows may not have warnings posted before the start of each episode, so users can stumble into intense or emotionally challenging content unwittingly. There's no way to adjust accessible content or any other settings using the app – it all needs to be done through a Web browser. The account password is required to make any changes to account and profile settings. Parents can adjust each profile's access to content based on maturity ratings and can block specific titles. The app has included an additional parent control feature to circumvent kids easily changing profiles to access content without parental consent. Parents can lock profiles, requiring a four-digit code for access. Parents also have the option to access each profile's viewing activity. The app offers the option to download titles to their mobile device to spare data and watch offline. Read the developer's privacy policyfor details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change. Netflix is one of Common Sense Media's paying content partners, but its app was reviewed by an independent writer.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bysophiaguitteago99 August 17, 2019

Netflix - Mixed Opinions...

I think that really, this is a family friendly app. I chose 5+ because the lowest rating is "G" and I think that 5 is the youngest a child should be w... Continue reading
Adult Written byTV-007 May 24, 2019
Kid, 11 years old June 5, 2015

I couldn't get by without it.

It is very appropriate and I know three year olds that use it.
Kid, 11 years old February 12, 2019

used to be good, now it's awful.

here are my complaints with netflix right now:
1. the streaming device version is HORRIBLE NOW! they keep adding pointless updates that only make it worse like... Continue reading

What's it about?

The NETFLIX app allows you to stream titles on a mobile device via your existing Netflix account using Wi-Fi or a mobile network. Though the app doesn't allow setting adjustments, parents can set filters on the website and create up to five user profiles with age-appropriate settings. Access to specific profiles can be restricted by activating the profile lock. Managing profiles and making changes to the account requires a password. Parental controls include viewing restrictions, profile locks, and access to viewing activity. The default "Kid" profile only shows titles with maturity ratings for twelve and under, which are TV-Y through PG movies and TV-PG content. Parents can adjust and further limit maturity rating access under viewing restrictions for the profile. Parents can also block specific titles that may not have been caught in the ratings filter or that may be specifically objectionable to their family. 

With a few exceptions (such as the warning cards at the start of episodes of 13 Reasons Why), other than general maturity rating and content description, there aren't any other advisory details provided at the beginning of shows that could have challenging content. The app tracks viewing trends under each profile and recommends titles based on viewing history. It also makes recommendations based on popularity on Netflix and trending status. For adults and teens, the app lists titles under a collection of categories that aim to represent diverse interests, including Music & Musicals, Comedies, Crime Movies, History Documentaries, Netflix Originals, International Movies, and LGBTQ Movies. The search function allows users to find specific content offered on the Netflix platform.

Is it any good?

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!

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the meaning of "age-appropriate" when kids access Netflix. Why are certain movies or shows OK for one family member but not another?

  • Talk about rules and expectations. What are movie ratings? Which ratings are OK for each family member? If profile locks are not set, what are the rules about using different profiles?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
  • Price: Free to download
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (monthly subscription ranges from $8.99 - $15.99.)
  • Release date: April 13, 2020
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Size: 74.70 MB
  • Publisher: Netflix, Inc.
  • Version: 12.27.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 12.0 or later, Android 5.0 and up
  • Last updated: April 16, 2020

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