Amazon Fire TV is a great media streamer for parents and children alike thanks to its comprehensive parental controls, as well as kid-friendly content. Sometimes you might find it difficult to set it up for better viewing experience. In this article, you’ll learn how to take advantage of these benefits.
Why Set Up Your Fire TV Parental Controls
Today, more and more family are cutting their cable and turns instead to streaming services. As a result, more and more people are getting streaming devices such as Amazon Fire TV. With these devices, you can bring digital content to your living room. But besides great digital content, consumers are looking for an easy way to restrict the content their children can watch, especially parents. Many of today’s media players don’t have a content restriction or protection features, unlike Fire TV.
This Amazon device comes with a simple system allowing parents to ensure their children can only access age-appropriate content. Fire TV’s parental controls allow parents to limit purchases as well as lock down content based on rating.
Setting Up Parental Controls on Amazon Fire TV
Using a PIN allows you to prevent/limit purchases on your Amazon device. This same PIN also allows you to secure access to restricted areas, such as preventing your kids from having access to certain types of content. Setting up a PIN usually prompts as soon as your run the setup process for your unit. You will either have to create a new PIN or use your existing one. Existing PIN means the PIN you created or used with your previous Amazon devices. The same PIN is used across other devices that are linked to your account.
Creating or Changing PIN
If you didn’t set up a PIN before, it’s easy to create or reset a new one. All you need is to access the web-based control center for your account. It’s also where you can set up or change parental controls. First, go to the Amazon Instant Video Settings as mentioned on Amazon Fire Stick Support website. Navigate through the page until you see the Parental Controls section. From there, you can create and reset your PIN. All you need to do is toggle the purchase restrictions on or off. It’s highly recommended to enable it to prevent children from accidentally buying media.
How to Lock Down Your Device
Once you’ve set up or reset your PIN, as well as enabled the parental controls, you can now lock down your device. First, go to the Settings Menu. From the left-hand navigation list, find the “Settings” entry and search “FreeTime & Parental Controls.” If the parental controls are off, toggle to turn it on. Doing this will also let you see a variety of other extra settings from Fire Stick Support. Some of those settings include blocking content types, PIN Protect Amazon Video, and PIN Protect Purchases.
Block Content Types
This setting can cover a wide array of content types. It lets you lock down apps and games, music categories and even photos. This way, the user won’t have access on any of that content unless they have the PIN. With simple togging the on and off feature of the parental controls and the other settings that include, you can lock down the entire Fire TV system to go into FreeTime system or do nothing. Unless you give the PIN to your kid, you have absolute control over what media they can access.