Kids Safety Net column - Supervise your children when watching Disney+
In this week’s column, I would like to take a look at Disney+ which, as many of us will know, is a paid for online subscription service that lets you stream films and programmes on your device.
A subscription to the platform also gives you access to channel Star that features content aimed at an adult audience. There are parental controls available but it also has a group watch feature that lets you stream content at the same time as friends using other accounts.
Net Aware, our website run in partnership with O2, has given Disney+ an overall safety rating of good. Worth remembering that there are all sorts of reviews that can be found on Net Aware, covering both the good and more riskier sites for our children.
The makers have given Disney+ a recommended age rating of 18+, but parents and carers have the option to set up a kid’s profile. With this, your child will only be able to watch films and shows rated PG and below. You can also set up individual content ratings per profile and pin protect adult accounts to prevent your children from accessing content that isn’t suitable. Lots of the films and shows available on Disney+ are suitable for all ages. However, there are some that contain adult themes. As you can’t block specific films or shows on your child’s profile, our Net Aware review recommends watching Disney+ together as a family or supervising your children when they’re choosing something to watch.
My top tip is to set some ground rules as a family. Sit down with your children and explore it together so they know how to use it. You might also want to use this opportunity to set some rules around when they can use it. For example, they might only be able to watch it for a set time each day. Whatever you decide, make sure to write the rules down in a family agreement so your child knows where they stand. A template for this can be found on Net Aware. We would always recommend supervising your child when they’re watching Disney + and checking the review for a film or show before putting it on. Worth noting too that whilst the group watch feature is switched off by default on kid’s accounts, it can be enabled in settings. You should talk to your child about this feature and remind them to always ask you first if they want to watch something with friends. And remember you can find more information about your child’s wider online world and the most popular apps, sites and games they’re using at www.net-aware.org.uk.