Knowing the Netflix viewing history of your family is one of the best ways to safeguard your children’s security online. Read this blog post to find out how you can keep track of their viewing habits.
In this article:
- How Safe Is Netflix for Your Children?
- How to Know the Netflix Watching History of Your Kids
- This Is Not Foolproof
Netflix Viewing History | Why It Matters and How to Access It
How Safe Is Netflix for Your Children?
Your Netflix viewing history can be a good or a bad thing depending on certain situations. I have been a subscriber and avid user of the video streaming service for many months now (and you’ll know later on about my favorite show). Using it is one of my guilty pleasures.
I can spend hours watching an entire series and every TV episode. When I am outside, I can catch some movies on its mobile app, which you can install on different Android and iOS devices.
The browsing history is essential to help the platform generate similar recommendations. My Netflix viewing activity can also work like my bookmark. I can go there and check out the episodes or series I have streamed and want to re-watch.
As a parent, it’s a different story. I am reluctant to let my children use my Netflix account or, worse, have their own. Netflix has lousy parental controls for their customers. Sure, you can set up profiles for your children. This way, your recommendations don’t get mixed in with theirs.
You can also each maintain your queues or assign a PIN to restricted titles, but that’s about the extent of it. The profiles aren’t password protected. Your child can freely choose to use whatever profile they want and access a wide variety of data.
How to Know the Netflix Watching History of Your Kids
What if you do let your children use your Netflix account? What if they already have their own account, and you want to know what they are watching? I have some tips on how to know their Netflix viewing history
1. Know How They Access Netflix
One of the first steps is to determine how they are using Netflix. If they use the profile in your account, then it’s a simple matter of checking their watch history (I’ll get to this in a minute) for their profile. While you’re at it, check the other profiles as well, including your own. They might have “accidentally” used the wrong one.
You will know if another person used it by checking the recommendations and the log. If they don’t look familiar, there’s a good chance someone has been using your account for some time.
If they have their own account, then you’ll need to know their Netflix username and password. It is a good practice anyway for any type of online account your child may have. It lets you periodically monitor their activity.
2. Check Their Netflix Viewing History
The next step is to open your Internet browser and go to netflix.com. Log in to whatever account you want to check. As far as I can tell, you can’t use the Netflix app to do what I am about to describe. Stick with an Internet browser like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer.
Once you are logged in, click the profile icon near the top right of the screen. Select the “Your Account” option from the drop-down menu that appears.
On the “Account” screen that displays next, click the “Viewing Activity” link in the “My Profile” section.
It will bring up a list of all of the movies and television shows that have been viewed in your account. It all tells the date the person viewed the content. Scroll through the list. Make sure nothing stands out to you. Perhaps you have entries you don’t recognize or videos that may not be appropriate for your children to watch.
Note: Yes, this viewing activity is from my account, and yes, I binge-watched Breaking Bad.
This Is Not Foolproof
Keep in mind if your child is old enough, they may access their Netflix viewing history themselves. They can go on to deleting the movie or television shows they have watched from the list. It only takes a simple click of the mouse on the “X” to the right of each entry to do it.
Also, only you can decide what course of action to take if you do find something inappropriate on the list. Sometimes the child accidentally clicked a movie. Even if they did the right thing by turning it off immediately, the video link will still show up on the list.
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What is then important is to go beyond knowing how to use the Netflix viewing history. You need to educate your child on what is appropriate and what isn’t. Help them understand the benefits of parental controls. Work on a plan with the family on how to use and access websites such as Netflix.
Does your family use Netflix? What are your family rules about it? Share your experiences in the comments section below.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on September 26, 2014, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.