How to give your toddler your own selection of Netflix choices

We like Netflix streaming, but I hate the fact that Netflix bombards you with crap recommendations whenever you try to find something worth watching with your child.  For example, when Maya (our two year old) watches Kipper (an all-around innocuous and charming show about a dog), Netflix shoves Barney, Elmo and other horrors in her face, the very things we are trying to avoid like the plague.

What I (and lots of other parents) want is a simple way to just select a set of specific videos that are OK for my 2 year-old to watch, without having any other nonsense shoved in her face by Netflix.  Unfortunately, Netflix gives you no way to do that.  So I found my own simple solution: you just create a webpage with the videos you select linked to Netflix standard URL for that movie.  The best way to present this is just to attach the link to a thumbnail image of the movie.  On your viewing device (e.g. iPad) just bookmark your webpage in your web browser.  Viewing this webpage my daughter can then choose for herself, by tapping the image (she can’t read yet, so text won’t cut it), and it fires up the Netflix app straight into watching the selected video.  Here’s my first try at this.

This is dead easy to do, and gives you an easy way to opt-out from the crap they want to bombard your toddler with.  Highly recommended.

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3 responses to “How to give your toddler your own selection of Netflix choices

  1. Smart idea Maya. It’s always a challenge to keep the kids away from inappropriate content these days.

    What I did was make a page from the Netflix feed for “Children and Family” movies. If you find it appropriate, you can send her to the page I made – Children and Family Movies on Netflix.

    Good luck to you.

    Respectfully,

    Cliff Shomette

  2. That’s a very clever idea, our netflix suggestions are always waylaid by the kids shows so I should create a second profile for us adults. 🙂 But Netflix should make filtering an option as well. Fortunately our kids were never into barney and the like, but those seemingly kid friendly anime shows are tough to explain why those aren’t good to watch for our 4 year old. I’m sure she’ll understand why those are risque all too soon. 🙂

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