How to Set Up Parental Controls Element Smart TV

Introduction

In This Guide
You'll Learn:
  • What parental control options are available on your Smart TV.
  • The limitations of your Smart TV's parental control options.
  • About different TV & Film ratings that can be used to restrict viewing options.
  • How to implement parental restrictions on your Smart TV.

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In This Guide
You'll Learn:
  • What parental control options are available on your Smart TV.
  • The limitations of your Smart TV's parental control options.
  • About different TV & Film ratings that can be used to restrict viewing options.
  • How to implement parental restrictions on your Smart TV.

The TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board created the TV Ratings, or the TV Parental Guidelines, to help parents determine if a program is suitable for their child to watch by outlining the show's target audience and possible content.

The TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board is a single group, and only provides opinions on content. They are there to help give you an overview of the themes present in a television program, not make decisions what is best for your child.

These ratings along with content descriptors appear in the top left corner of the TV screen during the first 15 seconds of each TV program and, on some TV channels, after every commercial break.

Rating Level

Audience label rating highlighted on TV screen.
All Children
All children TV rating.Intended for children ages 2 to 6 and is not designed or expected to frighten.
Older Children
Older children TV rating.Intended for children ages 7 and older. Best suited for children who know the difference between real life and make-believe. Contains mild fantasy or comedic violence. Some content could frighten younger children (under age 7).
General Audience
General audience TV rating.Intended for all ages. Contains little or no violence, no strong language and little or no sexual dialogue or situations.
Parental Guidance
Parental guidance TV rating.Intended for younger children in the company of an adult. Possibly contains some suggestive dialogue, infrequent coarse language, some sexual situations or some moderate violence.
Parental Caution
Parental caution TV rating.Intended for children ages 14 and older in the company of an adult. Possibly contains intensely suggestive dialogue, strong coarse language, intense sexual situations or intense violence.
Mature Audience
Mature audience only TV rating.Intended for adults and may be unsuitable for children under 17. Possibly contains crude indecent language, explicit sexual activity or graphic violence.

Content Descriptor

Content label highlighted on TV screen.

  • FV - Fantasy Violence (exclusive to the TV-Y7 rating)
  • D - Sexually Suggestive Dialogue (exclusive to the TV-PG and TV-14 ratings)
  • L - Course or Crude Language
  • S - Sexual Situations
  • V - Violence
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The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) created the Film Ratings to help parents determine if a film is suitable for their child to watch. Ratings are determined by the Classification and Ratings Administration (CARA), via a board comprised of an independent group of parents.

The MPAA is a single group, and only provides opinions on content. They are there to help give you an overview of the themes present in a television program, not make decisions what is best for your child.

These ratings appear on all advertising materials for films, such as posters, movie trailers or online ads, on home video titles, such as DVD and Blu-Ray covers, and are listed in theaters and online streaming services when films are released.

Rating Badge

A film rating badge shows the following information:
Film rating badge sample.

  • Rating Level on the left - indicates the films level of content so parents can decide whether the movie is suitable for their children.
  • Rating Definition at the bottom - provides a more detailed explanation to parents of what the specific rating means.
  • Rating Descriptors on the right - this language is unique to each film to convey the elements that caused it to receive its rating.

Rating Level

General Audience
General audience film rating.This program is designed to be appropriate for all ages. This rating indicates a film contains nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
Parental Guidance
Parental guidance film rating.Parents are urged to give parental guidance. This film may contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
Parental Caution
Parental caution film rating.Some material may not be suited for children under age 13. May contain violence, nudity, sensuality, language, adult activities or other elements beyond a PG rating, but doesn't reach the restricted R category.
Restricted Audience
Restricted audience film rating.This rating is for films specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.
Adult Audience
Adult audience film rating.This rating is applied to films the MPAA believes most parents will consider inappropriate for children 17 and under. It indicates that the adult content is more intense than in an R rated movie.
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Element Smart TV.
Parental Controls are features available on Element Smart TVs, that help parents reduce the risk of their children encountering unwanted or inappropriate content for their age or maturity level while watching TV or using internet apps.

Using Parental Controls is only an extra step in helping parents protect their children. Active, engaged parenting is essential in helping children develop good habits. Working with the children, talking to them and encouraging responsible behaviour is critical.

Smart TVs have become a point of convergence for all media and content sources, which allow us to enjoy all the entertainment from a single place. When it comes to configuring Parental Controls, it is important to understand the strengths and limitations that Element Smart TV features provide:

  • The Parental Controls vary based on the model and platform your Element Smart TV is running on. The platform can be specific to the manufacturer or provided by a third party, such as Android TV, Fire TV or Roku TV.
  • They may provide Parental Controls for TV input connectors, traditional live TV channels, such as antenna or cable, and internet apps, such as browsers or streaming services. The internet apps may provide additional Parental Controls that vary from one app to another and have to be configured separately.
  • They do not provide Parental Controls for other external sources such as: cable boxes, satellite receivers, gaming consoles, DVD, Blu-ray and other media players. If any of those devices provide such features, they vary from one device to another and have to be configured separately.
  1. Press the Menu button on the remote control.
    Menu button highlighted on Smart TV remote control.
  2. Go to TV Settings.
    TV Settings option highlighted in Smart TV menu.
  3. Select Lock.
    Lock option highlighted in Smart TV menu.
  4. Input the 4-digit password to enter the Lock menu.

    The default Parental Controls password is 0000.

  5. Here you'll find the following menu items:
    Lock options in Smart TV settings.
    • Change Password - Allows you to change the 4-digit password. It's important you do this before you make any other changes.
    • System Lock - Allows you to enable/disable all the options listed below.
    • USA / Canada - Allows you to lock TV programs based on the regional TV and Film Ratings.
    • RRT Settings - Allows you to lock TV programs based on the Rating Region Table which contains restriction information downloaded automatically while watching digital TV channels.
    • Reset RRT - Allows you to reset the RRT settings.
    • Clear Lock - Clears all lock settings.
  1. Press the Menu button on the remote control.
    Menu button highlighted on Smart TV remote control.
  2. Go to TV Settings.
    TV Settings option highlighted in Smart TV menu.
  3. Select App Settings.
    App Settings option highlighted in Smart TV menu.
  4. From here you can activate or deactivate apps that you want to show up or not show up in the Streaming menu.
    App Settings menu on Smart TV.
  1. From the home screen go to Settings.
    Settings option highlighted on Android TV screen.
  2. Under the Personal heading select Parental lock.
    Parental lock option highlighted in Android TV settings.
  3. Set a new PIN or enter your current PIN.
    PIN setup prompt highlighted in Android TV settings.

    The default PIN is 1234.

  4. From here you'll be able to lock TV programs from traditional TV channels as well as streaming services based on their TV and Film Ratings.
  1. From the home screen go to Settings.
    Settings option highlighted on Android TV screen.
  2. Under the Personal heading select Security & restrictions.
    Security & restrictions options highlighted in Android TV settings.
  3. Then go to Restricted profile.
    Restricted profile option highlighted in Android TV settings.
  4. And select Settings.
    Settings highlighted in Restricted profile options on Android TV.
  5. Set a new PIN or enter your current PIN.
    PIN setup prompt highlighted in Android TV settings.

    The default PIN is 1234.

  6. Scroll through the list of apps and select one you'd like to configure.
    List of apps for restricted profile.
  7. Select Allowed if you'd like the app to show up on the home screen or Not allowed if you'd like to hide the app from the home screen.
    Configuration screen for the selected app in restricted profile.
  8. Go back to the previous screen and select Enter restricted profile.
    Enter restricted profile option highlighted In Restricted Profile settings.
  9. The home screen will only show the apps that are allowed for the restricted profile.
    Android TV home screen showing only allowed apps.
  1. Select the Google Play Store app from the home screen.
    Google Play Store tile highlighted on Android TV home screen.
  2. Go to Settings.
    Settings option highlighted in Google Play Store.
  3. Then select Content filtering.
    Content filtering option highlighted in Google Play Store settings.
  4. Choose the highest maturity level that apps can have to show up in the Google Play Store.
    Maturity level selection screen for Google Play apps.
  5. Set a new PIN or enter your current PIN.
    PIN setup prompt highlighted in Android TV settings.

    The default PIN is 1234.

  6. After that select Purchase authorization.
    Purchase authorization option highlighted in Google Play Store settings.
  7. Select how often authentication should be required when purchasing apps from the Google Play Store.
    Authentication requirement selection screen for Google Play apps.

Besides filtering store content based on maturity level and and requiring authentication for app purchases, some apps may provide additional features within their settings to restrict, filter or block unwanted or inappropriate content.

Here's how you can enable parental controls on your Fire TV:

  1. Using your remote, from the main Fire TV menu go to Settings.
    Settings highlighted on Fire TV main screen.
  2. Then go to Preferences.
    Preferences selected in Fire TV settings.
  3. And select Parental Controls.
    Parental Controls selected in Fire TV preferences.
  4. Select Parental Controls again to enable the feature and set a PIN.
    PIN entry screen for Fire TV parental controls.
  5. Press the Menu button to switch between sets of digits 0 to 4 and 5 to 9 on the PIN entry wheel.
    PIN entry screen in Fire TV parental controls.
  6. With the PIN set, you will be shown all the Parental Controls settings that you can configure.
Do the following if you wish to change your PIN:
  1. Using your remote, from the main Fire TV menu go to Settings.
    Settings highlighted on Fire TV main screen.
  2. Then go to Preferences.
    Preferences selected in Fire TV settings.
  3. And select Parental Controls.
    Parental Controls selected in Fire TV preferences.
  4. Using the remote, type in your PIN.
    PIN entry screen for Fire TV parental controls.
  5. Select Change Pin.
    Selecting change pin
  6. Enter your PIN.
    Entering pin
  7. Enter your new PIN.
    Entering your new pin
  8. Enter your new PIN again to confirm it.
    Entering pin again for confirmation
  1. Using your remote, from the main Fire TV menu go to Settings.
    Settings highlighted on Fire TV main screen.
  2. Then go to Preferences.
    Preferences selected in Fire TV settings.
  3. And select Parental Controls.
    Parental Controls selected in Fire TV preferences.
  4. Using the remote, type in your PIN.
    PIN entry screen for Fire TV parental controls.
  5. Select the control you want to adjust.
  6. Select PIN Protect Purchases to toggle whether a PIN is needed to purchase movies, music, and apps.
    Pin protect purchases
  7. Viewing Restrictions allows you to lock playback of movies and TV shows from Prime Video and selected third-party providers, based on their ratings category.
    Viewing restrictions
  8. Each ratings category includes a description that combines TV and movie ratings with recommended audiences, organized by level:
    • General (General Audiences G, TV-G, TV-Y) - Videos suitable for General Audiences.
    • Family (PG, NR Family, TV-Y7, TV-Y7-FV, TV-PG) - Videos suitable for General Audiences and older children.
    • Teen (Teens and Young Adults PG 13, TV 14) - Videos suitable for General Audiences, Family, Teens, and Young Adults.
    • Mature (No Restrictions R, NC-17, TV-MA, Unrated, Not rated) - All videos, including those not rated or for mature audiences.
      Viewer rating selections
  9. PIN Protect App Launches will require a PIN whenever an app is launched.
    Protecting app launches with a PIN
  10. PIN Protect Prime Photos App requires your PIN to open the Prime Photos app, which you can use to view your photos and personal videos from Amazon Drive on your Fire TV.
    PIN protecting prime photos

The explicit filter works from your Amazon Music account, not your Fire TV. Don't worry, if you have an Amazon account at all, you have a Music account.

  1. Launch the Amazon Music app from the Fire TV menu.
    Amazon Music app highlighted in Fire TV menu.
  2. Go to Your Name at the top right corner.
    Settings for amazon music
  3. Select Preferences.
    Preferences
  4. Toggle Block Explicit Songs.
    Blocking explicit songs
  1. Press the Home button on the remote control.
    Home button of Roku remote control.
  2. Then go to Settings.
    Settings option highlighted on Roku TV home screen.
  3. Select Parental Controls.
    Parental Controls option highlighted in Roku TV settings.
  4. Create a new 4-digit PIN or enter your current PIN.

    This is the Parental Controls PIN. It is different from the Roku account PIN that can be used to add or remove streaming channels from your account.

  5. Here you'll find the following menu items:
    • Home Screen - Allows you to show or hide Movie Store & TV Store, or Featured Free items from the main menu on your home screen.
      Roku TV home screen settings.
    • TV Tuner - Allows you to enable Parental Controls and block or unblock TV programs based on TV Ratings, Film Ratings or absence of ratings. Entering the PIN is required to watch or listen to blocked content.
      PIN entry prompt for blocked TV program.
    • Change PIN - Allows you to change the PIN.

      Do not forget your PIN! Only a factory reset of the Roku TV will let you back into the parental control settings.

    • Reset parental controls - Clears all parental control settings, including the PIN.

      To perform this reset you'll need to enter the PIN first.

Each streaming channel provider is required to indicate how the content within their channel is rated. The rating information for a specific channel is shown in the Roku Channel Store as follows:

  • Rated: All Ages - The channel provider states that the content within their channel is appropriate for all ages.
  • Content Rated - The channel provider states that the content within their channel is rated according to the standard Film and TV ratings.
  • Content Not Rated - The channel provider states that the content within their channel is not rated according to the standard Film and TV ratings.

The content description only appears when you access the Roku Channel Store from your Roku TV or player. This information does not appear when you access the channel details from channelstore.roku.com on a computer or mobile device.

To Check a Streaming Channel's Content Description

  1. Press the Home button on the remote control.
    Home button of Roku remote control.
  2. Then go to Streaming Channels.
    Streaming Channels option highlighted in Roku home screen menu.
  3. Search for the streaming channel by name or browse through the listed categories.
    Roku Channel Store.
  4. Select the streaming channel of your choice and check the content description.
    Content rating pointed out for Roku streaming channel.
  5. Knowing the content rating of the selected streaming channel you can either:
    • Add it to your Roku channels, if it's not already added.
    • Remove it from your Roku channels, if it's already added.

You can protect your Roku account with a PIN to prevent others from making changes without your consent, such as adding or removing streaming channels or making purchases with your stored payment information.

This is the Roku account PIN. It is different from the Parental Controls PIN that can be found on your Roku TV and is used to protect parental control settings.

To Set a PIN for Your Roku Account

  1. Launch the browser that you use to go online on your computer or mobile device.
    Main Desktop Browsers.
  2. Navigate to my.roku.com within the address bar.
    Address bar highlighted in internet browser.
  3. Sign in with your Roku account.
    Email and password field, captcha checkbox and Sign In button highlighted on Roku account login page.
  4. Click or tap Update under the PIN preference heading.
    Update button highlighted for PIN preference on Roku account page.
  5. Choose the Always require a PIN to make purchases and to add items from the Channel Store option, create your PIN then click or tap Save Changes.
    PIN preference option, PIN creation fields and Save Changes button highlighted on Roku account page.
  6. With this setting in place, streaming channels can only be added or removed by entering the PIN.
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