With Roku, you get access to 1000s of streaming channels that provide a plethora of content. But if you are a kid’s parent, you might want to control the things they watch and prevent them from watching inappropriate content. Unlike many other devices, Roku doesn’t have native parental control features. But there are a few ways by which you would be able to set Parental Controls on Roku. Roku has recently added the Kids and Family section to the Roku Channels to prevent adult or violent content.

How to Set Parental Controls on Roku?

As said, Roku doesn’t offer a single parental control setting. But then, you will be able to restrict access and set access limits to the contents based on ratings.

  • Set up ratings-based Playback restrictions within a Roku Channel.
  • Set up built-in parental control features on other popular streaming channels that offer these features.
  • Configure your Roku TV to restrict viewing of programs on “over-the-air” broadcast television.

Parental Controls on Roku Channel

The Roku parental control feature is a PIN-based playback control that works only when streaming Roku Channels in the signed-in state. So by setting this feature, one must enter the PIN while streaming contents of particular ratings. You can select one of the four different rating levels. The contents that can be played without the PIN depend on the rating you choose.

Parental Controls on Roku Channel
  • The PIN should be entered while watching such content. But it will not be hidden or filtered while searching or browsing.
  • And this feature will work only with the Roku Channel and isn’t applicable to other streaming channels.

Create a Roku PIN

The only requirement to enable the Parental Control on Roku is that you must have created a Roku PIN. And the steps below will help you to do the same.

1. On any web browser, visit the official website of Roku.

2. Then, input your credentials and sign in to your account.

3. Next, click on the My Account tab from the upper right corner.

4. From the PIN Preference section, select the Update button.

Select the Update button

5. Next, enter a four-digit PIN of your choice in the respective field.

6. Now, below the Parental Control section, choose the option Little Kids, Young Kids, or Teens.

Turn on Parental Controls on Roku

7. Finally, click on the Save Changes button.

At last, you have created your new Roku PIN.

Enable Parental Controls on Roku

Roku allows the users to set parental controls on Live TV that restrict access to the broadcast contents received over the air. This will apply to the contents received via Live TV input.

  • From the Roku home screen, go to Settings.
  • Choose Parental Controls.
  • Now enter your Roku PIN or create a new Roku PIN.
  • The next screen will be the TV Tuner screen; click on the Enable Parental Controls.
  • Scroll down and choose Movie Rating.
  • Now choose the rating restrictions you want to activate or click on Block All unrated contents to block unrated contents.
  • If you want, you can reset the settings and click on the Reset Parental Controls option.

Now the program on the channel that is locked will be blocked. If the channel is locked, the video is obscured, and the audio is muted. You have to enter the PIN to access the contents.

Hide Movies and TV Store

You can also hide the Movies and TV Store so that your child will not be able to add and watch inappropriate content and channels.

  • Go to Settings.
  • Choose Home Screen and then select the arrow on the right corner.
  • On the next screen, click on the Movie Store and TV Store.
  • Choose Hide.

Otherwise, you can delete the channel from Roku, or you can reset your PIN. Most of the streaming services have got their own parental control settings. So you can enable them or use the Kids version of the application like YouTube Kids, PBS Kids, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Does Roku have Parental Controls?

Yes, your Roku device has the Parental Control feature on it.

2. Can you set Parental Controls on Roku?

Yes, it is easy to set Parental Controls on Roku. To do that, go to Settings > Parental Controls. Next, enter your Roku PIN and set Parental Controls on Roku.