Netflix has become a staple of at-home entertainment with over 150 million users subscribing to Netflix across the globe. While the streaming platform provides hours of entertainment with both existing and original programming, a Netflix subscription also includes sexually graphic and degrading content.
We are calling on Netflix to 1) improve parental controls 2) stop producing sexually graphic and degrading content 3) change the app rating to 17+.
UPDATE: Progress on parental controls and rating displays! Key improvements still needed
Before being placed on the 2019 Dirty Dozen List, many parents would create a “profile” on Netflix for their child, and on that profile, they would block certain ratings, such as TV-MA, or specific TV shows or movies by title with a 4-digit pin code. However, there was a loophole! That child could easily leave their assigned profile, and then access the same harmful content via their mom or dad’s profile!
But now, Netflix improved its system so that any pin code set by the account holder applies to all profiles. This closes the loophole and keeps kids safe.
This is an important improvement!
Further, there are now content warnings at the beginning of every show in the top left corner about exactly what kind of content will be present. This is important considering that 9 out of 10 sample Netflix Originals reviewed contained full nudity or graphic sex scenes.
The ability to PIN block across all profiles is an improvement, but many parents may find the constant pop-up inconvenient for them and their families. Ideally, Netflix would provide a way to PIN block on specific profiles, and lock individual profiles by PIN so children cannot easily switch between them.
Further, Netflix does not make TV ratings clear when a user accesses Netflix through a third-party device, such as Apple TV, Amazon Fire, or Roku.
Netflix often produces media portraying gratuitous nudity, graphic sexual acts, and even graphic depictions of sexual assault.
Currently, Netflix provides over 300 original productions, ranging from serious dramas, laugh-out-loud comedies, and even animation. Most of Netflix’s most popular (and most heavily-advertised) original shows are rated TV-MA (mature audiences only) frequently containing graphic sex scenes, nudity, and violence. Researchers at NCOSE recently looked into 10 of the top original Netflix titles and found that 9 out of 10 featured on-screen sex scenes.
By depicting these issues so graphically it both increases the likelihood that a victim of past assault will be negatively triggered by the content, and it decreases the likelihood that viewers will thoughtfully analyze the harms of sexual exploitation. It would be easy for Netflix to portray the harms of sexual violence or lack of sexual consent without simultaneously “profiting” from a sexually objectifying and voyeuristic motif.
App Rating for Netflix
Currently, Netflix self-rates itself as suitable for ages 4+ on the Apple App Store. This is a seriously misleading rating considering the high rate of content on Netflix containing graphic sex acts, gratuitous nudity, and extreme depictions of sexual assault. We request that Netflix changes its self-rating on the App Store to be 17+.
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Netflix Parental Controls
While there are some flaws to the Netflix parental controls, it is still important to take advantage of the controls that Netflix does provide.
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