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Is there any way to block Netflix on Xbox Live?

post #1 of 39
Thread Starter 
I want to get my 14-year old son an Xbox Live subscription for Christmas, but I am concerned about him watching some of the content on Netflix without supervision. There are some pretty risque titles available. Is there any way to block Netflix from being watched on the Xbox? If not, is there an easy way to block objectionable content on Watch it Now?

My wife and I don't want to be limited, but we would prefer that the kids only get access to PG-13 titles.
post #2 of 39
There may be something in the parental controls of the 360 that disallows app access. Really though, he's 14. There is nothing on Netflix that a 14 shouldn't be able to watch. Stop sheltering him so much.
post #3 of 39
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Originally Posted by darklordjames View Post

There may be something in the parental controls of the 360 that disallows app access. Really though, he's 14. There is nothing on Netflix that a 14 shouldn't be able to watch. Stop sheltering him so much.

Dude, I know you claim to know everything, but you sure as hell don't know how to raise this guys kid.


I believe you can set movie ratings in the parental controls, just set the rating to whatever you want.
post #4 of 39
Let's try a different tactic then, huh? How about instead of having the machine parent for you, talk to your son like a human being and a man. After you buy him his "Now you can shoot real live people in the face over the internet, but you better not look at a tittie" pass, have a talk with him about the features of Netflix. Make him aware of the Recently Watched queue. Let him know that if it starts filling up with recently watched soft-core porn, then there is a discussion that the two of you will have to have over that.

Again though, he's 14. He's already figured out that all the titties he could ever want to look at are a stone's throw away at Google Images. If you trust the kid and can talk to him like a human, then you van trust him with Netflix. If you can't trust him, then you can't trust him with Xbox Live.
post #5 of 39
I have an 11 yr old that navigates netflix on the computer and Live and knows what he isn't allowed to watch so I don't see why you will have any issues with a 14 yr old understanding that concept by just talking to him and his priviledges.
post #6 of 39
This topic gave me a much needed laugh. Your responses are all lol-worthy. XD

Seriously though, no matter what you set a machine to do, kids will always be exposed to violence, sex, and drugs in one way or another. It's up you as a parent to feed him some common sense and morals. Blocking off netflix is just a lazy ass way to avoid confronting your kid/s with whatever issue needs to be addressed.

OP sounds like a responsible adult, but definitely needs to have more talks with his/her kids.

You can't shield them from bad influences. As soon as they leave your sight, they are capable of doing a lot of things you wouldn't approve of. Watching a skin flick is the least of your worries. That's gonna happen at some point anyway. 14 year olds are horny, lol. Believe me, if he hasn't already watched the sorts of things you are trying to shield him from, you must have quite a death grip on his conscience, to where you won't even need to do anything like parental controls.

I'm about to be 28. I love my mother, but she wasn't much of a parent when it comes to these things. I watched my first porn before I even hit 8. I watched like a million violent films.

I have never done drugs, haven't commited a crime, and I lost my v-card when *I* thought I was ready, which I was actually of legal age. I could have lost it when I was 11. Either I was just very patient, or I had something called common sense.

Sorry for bringing up my personal life. Just willing to show you that kids will either be or won't be pressured. Setting up parental controls won't do ANYTHING but make them resent you for not trusting them. You can only do so much. Do something else more productive with your kid. Xbox Live is already gonna expose him to bad influences, without even going near netflix.
post #7 of 39
Just cancel your netflix account or change its password and do not set it up on the Xbox.
post #8 of 39
LOL @ the armchair parenting in here. If you know the answer, then tell the guy, otherwise get off your highhorse and GTFO of the thread. Nothing worse than a absolute stranger thinking they should tell you how to parent your child.
post #9 of 39
I have a Wii with an 11 and 8 yo and have the same issue/question. I dont believe it should be a control on the platform to block content...it should be a feature within Netflix. When you activate the device for Netflix, the owner of the membership account should have a means of accessing Netflix, log in, set the parental controls per device activiated, problem solved.

You say there is no porn or risque movies on Netflix...just watch 9 Songs.
post #10 of 39
Just the facts. No judgments about parenting.

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Originally Posted by Netflix Website View Post



Q: Do you have parental controls for movies that I watch instantly on my PC?
A: You can limit the movie ratings allowed for watching instantly by setting the maturity level on your account.

This allows you to block viewing of titles with forbidden ratings. It also means that a password will be required to add DVDs with those ratings to that profile's Queue.

To set the maturity level:
- Go to Your Account.
- Under Preferences, click on Account Profiles.
- In the Change column, click Edit.
- Set the maturity level.

Please note that watching instantly is only available on the main account. Additional profiles will not be able to watch instantly.
post #11 of 39
^^^^^^ True, but ridiculously cumbersome...especially for those with multiple devices streaming Netflix.

I argue that since each device is "Accounted" for in your membership as you activate them, it should be a no brainer to put these controls on each device controlled by the Netflix account holder.

Simple, yet missing.
post #12 of 39
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Originally Posted by kezug View Post

^^^^^^ True, but ridiculously cumbersome...especially for those with multiple devices streaming Netflix.

Don't be a hater. It's perhaps not perfect for the percentage of people with multiple devices and need for parenting or caregiver control, but it's more than nothing and it does work.

I suggest that if you have a need for greater control that you contact Netflix:

1-866-716-0414

If you TRULY need this today for your child and you want it separate from your own account... you can pay for that by opening another account for the child's dedicated account. Before you go and hate on this statement... just understand it is an option from a literal point of view. What value do you place on control of content and the flexibility to have soft-core (your reference to 9 Songs above) on your own account?
post #13 of 39
I think the "recently watched" queue warning will be enough.

I'd also be more worried if it was a girl. Girls are under such intense pressures today, and they watch this stuff as much as the guys do so that they might be able to "please" them. They feel like the women on those movies are their competition, and they'll do anything to overcome it.

Yes, FOURTEEN year old girls...and not just a handful of them, either. I'd say a solid 2/3.
post #14 of 39
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Originally Posted by Shin CZ View Post

Sorry for bringing up my personal life.

If you have to apologize then you shouldn't have said it in the first place.
Apologies are only worthwhile if you really mean it, and if you really meant it you should have deleted it all instead of hitting "submit reply". Think about it.

As for the OP....
there are plenty of things on Netflix that I don't think a 14 y.o. shouldn't be watching unless with a parent. Not because he can't handle it, only because it's crap.
post #15 of 39
Wow, its amazing how the agenda or misunderstanding of others detracts from the topic by the OP.

I also am not a hater...strong words. (I dont know how something being "cumbersome" means that I am a hater.

We are trying to be responsible adults by protecting our children and if you dont understand that, then please ignore this thread so that we can carry on an intelligent conversation here.

I also have contacted Netflix about this in the past...to no avail. Until they have something better, I simply removed Netflix streaming from my streaming device.

I am also in the Information Systems arena careerwise and the simplicity of having content control, managed by the sole membership holder, per activated device is something that Netflix should offer and I hope someday they do.
post #16 of 39
Thread Starter 
I think the Netflix setting is what I needed to fix. I was unaware that it would prompt for a password if I tried to add a more mature title to my queue. I thought it blocked those titles completely.

And, yes, I have had the conversation with my 14-year old. The problem is, he often has friends sleep over and I don't want to be responsible for parenting them.
post #17 of 39
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Originally Posted by jrandamy View Post

I think the Netflix setting is what I needed to fix. I was unaware that it would prompt for a password if I tried to add a more mature title to my queue. I thought it blocked those titles completely.

I'm glad that worked out for you.
post #18 of 39
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Originally Posted by kezug View Post

I also am not a hater...strong words.

It's current vernacular. Your kids could explain it probably better than I could.

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(I dont know how something being "cumbersome" means that I am a hater.

You actually said "ridiculously cumbersome". The impression we got was somewhat more intense than simple saying you felt it was cumbersome. The word "ridiculously" is a bit extreme and using the current meaning of "hating" on something it actually fits.

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We are trying to be responsible adults by protecting our children and if you dont understand that, then please ignore this thread so that we can carry on an intelligent conversation here.

I completely understand it. That's exactly why I posted the solution and didn't offer any comments on said parenting choices. Read up-thread. Please don't try to enter into some ad hominem debate. I'm simply trying to highlight the technology choices and offer options for people to address their needs and enhancement requests.

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I am also in the Information Systems arena careerwise and the simplicity of having content control, managed by the sole membership holder, per activated device is something that Netflix should offer

I don't disagree with the interest, but I imagine that they have higher priority development tasks and would probably schedule the analysis and development of such functionality based on ROI. Unless you work for Netflix I'd be cautious about assuming something is actually simplistic.
post #19 of 39
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Originally Posted by coyote_5 View Post
LOL @ the armchair parenting in here. If you know the answer, then tell the guy, otherwise get off your highhorse and GTFO of the thread. Nothing worse than a absolute stranger thinking they should tell you how to parent your child.
Amen +1
post #20 of 39
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Originally Posted by coyote_5 View Post
LOL @ the armchair parenting in here. If you know the answer, then tell the guy, otherwise get off your highhorse and GTFO of the thread. Nothing worse than a absolute stranger thinking they should tell you how to parent your child.
2nded.

glad the OP got some info here that was relevant to the question...

and for the armchair parents out there maybe you'll understand one day if you ever have your own. There is much more available on Netflix instant than just some softcore porn. Even as a horror buff and gorehound there are some films on there I wish I could unsee.

Could I imagine myself at 14 watching some of this stuff... hell no. I loved all the crazy slasher films back in the day Freddy, Jason, Hellraiser, etc... and none of those films even come close to the level of sick **** out there today.
post #21 of 39
The Netflix parental controls are pretty dismal at this point. Xbox Live and Windows Live have better controls that allow a parent to have his/her account and children their own account.

Since sub-profiles on Netflix do not apply to Instant Watch, your only recourse is to set the entire Netflix subscription to limit content to PG or PG-13. This gimps your account. You can always pay for a second account but then you're logging in with a primary account that has the ability to get around the reduced rating.

Additionally, when you raise the rating and watch something adult, the movie you watched remains in the recently watched queue for 2 weeks regardless of the rating on the account. You can drop the rating to G and that steamy romance or graphic horror flick you watched is plainly visible and watchable through the Recently Watched category from within Xbox Live. Netflix has a ways to go on the parental controls front for it to be truly useful.

Besides the parental control issue, any instant watch that you click on and watch even 1 second of the movie appears on recently watched. There's no way to remove movies that you have watched from your history as well. All major failings and my kids can't use Netflix without me in the room until they are fixed.
post #22 of 39
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Originally Posted by darklordjames View Post

There may be something in the parental controls of the 360 that disallows app access. Really though, he's 14. There is nothing on Netflix that a 14 shouldn't be able to watch. Stop sheltering him so much.

Really?
post #23 of 39
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Originally Posted by Shin CZ View Post

This topic gave me a much needed laugh. Your responses are all lol-worthy. XD

Seriously though, no matter what you set a machine to do, kids will always be exposed to violence, sex, and drugs in one way or another. It's up you as a parent to feed him some common sense and morals. Blocking off netflix is just a lazy ass way to avoid confronting your kid/s with whatever issue needs to be addressed.

OP sounds like a responsible adult, but definitely needs to have more talks with his/her kids.

You can't shield them from bad influences. As soon as they leave your sight, they are capable of doing a lot of things you wouldn't approve of. Watching a skin flick is the least of your worries. That's gonna happen at some point anyway. 14 year olds are horny, lol. Believe me, if he hasn't already watched the sorts of things you are trying to shield him from, you must have quite a death grip on his conscience, to where you won't even need to do anything like parental controls.

I'm about to be 28. I love my mother, but she wasn't much of a parent when it comes to these things. I watched my first porn before I even hit 8. I watched like a million violent films.

I have never done drugs, haven't commited a crime, and I lost my v-card when *I* thought I was ready, which I was actually of legal age. I could have lost it when I was 11. Either I was just very patient, or I had something called common sense.

Sorry for bringing up my personal life. Just willing to show you that kids will either be or won't be pressured. Setting up parental controls won't do ANYTHING but make them resent you for not trusting them. You can only do so much. Do something else more productive with your kid. Xbox Live is already gonna expose him to bad influences, without even going near netflix.

No one gives a sh*t about how you were raised.
post #24 of 39
didnt they have some girls gone wild videos on netflix at one point ?
post #25 of 39
mmm... titties...

i've only ever seen crappy tit movies on netflix...

you do know that the seatbelt sets him off, right?
post #26 of 39
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Originally Posted by JasonC1223 View Post

mmm... titties...

i've only ever seen crappy tit movies on netflix...

you do know that the seatbelt sets him off, right?

have a nice vacation bro.
post #27 of 39
Don't want any drama...just an education. Recently found out our 14 yr old son is using his Xbox Live to access porn on Netflix. We had NO clue considering "we" have never purchased or even used Netflix in our home. Since we are unfamiliar with how Netflix works at all, we are unfamiliar about how you set up or even use the service. A friend told us that one of his friends must have given our son their User/Password information that has given him the access. We are realistic about the "urges" of a teenage boy but feel it is inappropriate behavior regardless. We may not be able to stop him from seeking or finding this kind of material, but we sure aren't going to accept it or make it easy for him to access. At this time, we can't divulge "how" we find out so it is impossible for us to simply confront him and demand to know who gave him the access. Here are my questions: 1) Is it possible to use someone else's ID, password, etc? 2) If so, HOW do I block the ability to access Netflix on his XBOX Live completely? We don't have a membership so he has no business using Netflix at all. Appreciate any technical advice!
post #28 of 39
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Originally Posted by Momma Tee View Post

A friend told us that one of his friends must have given our son their User/Password information that has given him the access.
Here are my questions: 1) Is it possible to use someone else's ID, password, etc? 2) If so, HOW do I block the ability to access Netflix on his XBOX Live completely? We don't have a membership so he has no business using Netflix at all. Appreciate any technical advice!

Yes, you can use someone else's Netflix account on your Xbox. A Netflix account allows access on multiple devices up to a limit. The names or information don't have to match up.

If your son's Xbox Live account is not used by anyone else, you can use the parental controls:

http://support.xbox.com/en-US/billin...rental-control

What can I control?
  • Ratings and Content: These settings let you restrict games and video content based on the content's rating. You can also set whether or not unrated or explicit content can be played on this console.
    Tip You can set up exceptions for individual games that are outside of the rating restrictions you have set.
  • Family Timer: This setting allows you to limit the time that your console can be used on a daily or weekly basis.
  • Xbox LIVE Access: This setting allows you to decide if your family can connect to Xbox LIVE from this console.
  • Xbox LIVE Membership Creation: This setting allows you to control whether or not new Xbox LIVE memberships can be created from your console.

that's at the Xbox level but to really have control, you have to go to the Netflix level. Do you know the person who gave this account access? It's most likely your son's friend. You're going to have to go to that friend's parents and tell them what's happening so they can lock down the account.

post #29 of 39
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Originally Posted by darklordjames View Post

Really though, he's 14. There is nothing on Netflix that a 14 shouldn't be able to watch. Stop sheltering him so much.

I rememebr seeing a Karma Sutra video, full nudity and simulated sex. Not really appropriate, not that you have any business telling people how to parent.

On the PS3 there is a "Netflix Kids" option when Netflix starts, has this made it to any other boxes?
post #30 of 39
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Originally Posted by tgable View Post

I rememebr seeing a Karma Sutra video, full nudity and simulated sex.

There are lots of those videos on the internets.

Ihear..
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