At a time when more and more of us are watching films and TV programmes via a streaming service it is even more important to ensure that younger members of the family are not able to watch shows inappropriate for their age or maturity.
Each family has to gauge what is suitable viewing for their offspring. Some children hate any loud noises or monsters and you certainly don't want them to be having nightmares later. If you are watching a programme with your child you can switch off if you think they (or you) are unhappy with the content. However children do watch programmes on their own and this is where parental controls are really useful.
Disney+ has recently launched parental controls which came to Disney+ with the launch of Star – the latest general entertainment brand to join the Disney+ family. The age ranges are from babies to young adults at 18+.
Parental controls on Disney+:
• separate me-time from family time on the entire platform, helping make sure Disney+ continues to be suitable for audiences of all ages, putting parents’ minds at ease and establishing Disney+ as a place for everyone;
• are easy to use and can be tailored depending on your family’s needs as you can see from the illustration on the right – allowing you to create access limits for specific profiles based on content ratings, and offering options such as a PIN to lock profiles with access to mature content.
Kids can also choose a Disney character as their profile image – I don't know how I came to be Mickey Mouse!
These controls come at an exciting time with new content launch on Star on Disney+, including new Star Original Rebel, Cruella, Oscar-winning Nomadland, New Girl, and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Season 2.
Featuring more daring, more surprising, more thrilling and more irreverent TV series and movies, Star on Disney+ offers something for everyone and every mood. Disney+ subscribers will be able to stream more of what they love and uncover hidden gems like, Big Sky, Love, Victor, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Harriet wanted to see Romeo and Juliet – the Leonardo di Caprio version I'd already seen. I warned her about the gunfire (she hates loud noises) but she was happy to cuddle up with me to watch.
I had wanted to see Nomadland – which deserved all its accolades and Big Sky was on my list too. That is for another evening as is Hamilton. All in all I am looking forward to lots of adult as well as family viewing.
For new subscribers, Disney+ costs £7.99/month or £79.90/annual, previous prices for existing subscribers (prior to 23 February) will be honoured for six months for all monthly recurring payments that occur before August 23, 2021. The price change will then take effect on the monthly or annual renewal date following August 22, 2021.