How to Set Up Parental Controls on an LG 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.

1 Parental Controls

LG Smart TV.

Parental Controls are features available on LG 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 LG Smart TV features provide:

  • They 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. Certain apps may provide their own additional Parental Controls that can vary from one app to another and must be configured separately.
  • They do not provide Parental Controls to devices connected to TV inputs, such as: cable boxes, satellite receivers, gaming consoles, DVD, Blu-ray and other media players. If any of those devices provide such features, they will vary from one device to another and must be configured separately.

2 Reset PIN

  1. Press and hold the Settings button on the remote control for about five seconds.
    Settings button on the Samsung Smart TV remote control.
  2. Select Safety on the bottom left side of the screen.
    Safety option highlighted on LG Smart TV screen.
  3. Turn On the Safety feature.
    Safety feature toggle option highlighted on LG Smart TV screen.
  4. Then select Reset PIN Code.
    Reset PIN Code option highlighted on LG Smart TV screen.
  5. You'll be asked to enter the current PIN first.
    PIN entry prompt on LG Smart TV.

    The default PIN is 0000.

  6. Then you'll be asked to enter a new PIN.
    PIN reset prompt on LG 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.

LG Smart TV.

Parental Controls are features available on LG 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 LG Smart TV features provide:

  • They 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. Certain apps may provide their own additional Parental Controls that can vary from one app to another and must be configured separately.
  • They do not provide Parental Controls to devices connected to TV inputs, such as: cable boxes, satellite receivers, gaming consoles, DVD, Blu-ray and other media players. If any of those devices provide such features, they will vary from one device to another and must be configured separately.
  1. Press and hold the Settings button on the remote control for about five seconds.
    Settings button on the Samsung Smart TV remote control.
  2. Select Safety on the bottom left side of the screen.
    Safety option highlighted on LG Smart TV screen.
  3. Turn On the Safety feature.
    Safety feature toggle option highlighted on LG Smart TV screen.
  4. Then select Reset PIN Code.
    Reset PIN Code option highlighted on LG Smart TV screen.
  5. You'll be asked to enter the current PIN first.
    PIN entry prompt on LG Smart TV.

    The default PIN is 0000.

  6. Then you'll be asked to enter a new PIN.
    PIN reset prompt on LG 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

For further information, you can always check www.tvguidelines.org from any web browser.

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.

For further information, you can always check www.filmratings.com from any web browser.

  1. On the Safety settings screen, select TV Program Locks.
    TV Program Locks option highlighted in Safety settings of LG Smart TV.
  2. Then select the TV Lock option.
    TV Lock option highlighted in Safety settings of LG Smart TV.
  3. From there, you'll be able to lock TV programs based on their TV Ratings. For each listed category, select a TV Rating to lock content with that rating level and higher. The listed categories correspond to the following TV ratings:
    • Children Age - TV-Y, TV-Y7
    • Children Fantasy Violence - TV-Y7 FV
    • General Age - TV-G, TV-PG, TV-14, TV-MA
    • General Dialog - TV-PG, TV-14
    • General Language - TV-PG, TV-14, TV-MA
    • General Sex - TV-PG, TV-14, TV-MA
    • General Violence - TV-PG, TV-14, TV-MA
    TV Lock categories highlighted in Safety settings of LG Smart TV.
  4. After that, go back to the TV Program Lock screen and expand the Movie Lock option. From there, you'll be able to lock TV programs based on their Film (MPAA) Ratings. Select a Film Rating to lock content with that rating level and higher.
    Movie Lock feature and options highlighted in Safety settings of LG Smart TV.
  5. The Downloadable Rating option allows locking TV programs based on restriction levels specific to broadcasting stations, that are automatically downloaded while you're watching digital TV channels. This feature is only available in certain regions of the world.
    Downloadable Rating option highlighted in Safety settings of LG Smart TV.
  6. With the TV Program Lock restrictions in place, the safety PIN will need to be entered to be able to watch any restricted TV programs.
  1. On the Safety settings screen, select Channel Locks.
    Channel Locks option highlighted in Safety settings of LG Smart TV.
  2. Set the source of the channels to display.
    Channel Source highlighted in Safety settings of LG Smart TV.
  3. Then select the channels you'd like to lock and require the PIN code to watch them.
    TV Channels highlighted in Safety settings of LG Smart TV.
  1. On the Safety settings screen, select Application Locks.
    Application Locks option highlighted in Safety settings of LG Smart TV.
  2. Then select the apps you'd like to lock and require the PIN code to watch them.
    Grid of apps highlighted in Safety settings of LG Smart TV.

Besides locking access to apps with a PIN code, some apps may provide additional features within their settings to restrict, filter or block unwanted or inappropriate content.

  1. On the Safety settings screen, select Input Locks.
    Input Locks option highlighted in Safety settings of LG Smart TV.
  2. Then select the TV input sources you'd like to lock and require the PIN code to watch them.
    TV inputs highlighted in Safety settings of LG Smart TV.

Besides locking access to TV input sources with a PIN code, some input devices may provide additional features within their settings to restrict, filter or block unwanted or inappropriate content.

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