Parental controls: How parents can protect their kids and the TV

Parental controls
How parents can protect their kids and the television

A young family watching TV together

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Too much television and inappropriate content are bad for children. In this way, parents can protect their offspring and the TV set.

Tablets, televisions and other technical devices often attract children almost magically. However, spending too much time in front of the screen can be harmful and parents should also pay attention to the content that their children consume. Here are different ways to protect the offspring – and also the television.

Less time in front of the TV

Modern televisions and satellite receivers often offer ways to limit the little ones' time in front of the television – even when their parents are not at home. In many cases, profiles can now be created that can be assigned to individual users. For example, while the profile of the parents, which is usually protected by a PIN number, has no restrictions, a profile for the children could be limited in time.

Here there is always the function of defining a maximum viewing time after which access is restricted. On the other hand, there is also the possibility to set certain times. For example, parents can only allow their offspring to watch TV between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. If the setup does not support the relevant functions, legal guardians can also consider using a timer. This only supplies electricity at the times set accordingly.

Control content

It is also possible to block unwanted content. Modern TV sets often offer functions such as only allowing access to apps via PIN. Among other things, this can prevent children from accessing certain streaming services such as Disney + or Amazon Prime Video themselves. There are also devices that allow individual TV channels to be blocked. Internet access itself can often also be prevented.

Streaming offers such as Netflix often also offer the option of setting up your own child accounts or at least limited accounts. So the little ones can only access suitable content. It is often possible, for example, to only display films and series with a certain age rating. In some cases, however, individual content can also be blocked.

Protect your child, television and remote control

As cute as the little ones may be, they can also endanger themselves and the devices if they are careless. Especially with small children, parents should therefore make sure that the offspring does not have access to sockets and cables. If this cannot be avoided, there are also parental controls. In order to avoid injuries and damage if the TV set falls over, anti-tip devices can be used. Alternatively, the television could, for example, also be attached to the wall – out of reach of the child – with a sturdy bracket.

Has the remote control disappeared again or does it regularly fall out of the hands of the little ones? Why not keep the original in a safe place and use an inexpensive universal or replacement remote control? These are already available for less than ten euros in some cases.