How to see what your kids are watching

If we had been all good dad and mom, we’d by no means simply activate the TV for our kids with out figuring out what they’re watching. As a substitute, we’d be lively individuals of their media consumption, serving to them resolve what to watch and even co-viewing shows with them.

Fortunately, a brand new characteristic from Netflix acknowledges that we don’t all the time dwell up to that superb. Beginning this Friday, Netflix will ship biweekly electronic mail recaps to subscribers who’ve arrange a Kids profile on their account. The emails will embody a abstract of not too long ago watched packages, a breakdown of favourite genres and subjects, and ideas on comparable reveals to watch subsequent. It’ll additionally present some additional actions that don’t contain display screen time, akin to printable coloring pages.

In fact, these strikes aren’t strictly altruistic. Streaming providers slowly realized that children’s programming is essential to hold subscribers from hopping between providers. Disney Plus and HBO Max each launched with kids profile help, and CBS All Entry added a “Kids Mode” final December earlier than relaunching as Paramount Plus. (It seems that Paramount Plus has extra hours of youngsters’s programming than some other service, in accordance to data from JustWatch.)

For Netflix, sending a listing of actions and suggestions is a method to have interaction households with the corporate’s programming and hold them from second-guessing whether or not they want the more and more costly service. But it surely additionally dovetails with the concept dad and mom ought to talk to kids about what they’ve been watching in order that they assume extra deeply in regards to the content material. Even for those who can’t sit down on the TV with them, getting a abstract in your inbox may provide you with an opportunity to catch up and ask questions later.