How to Set Up Parental Controls Samsung 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

Samsung Smart TV.
Parental Controls are features available on Samsung 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 Samsung Smart TV features provide:

  • They provide Parental Controls for 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 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 will vary from one device to another and must be configured separately.

2 Change PIN

  1. Press the Home button on the remote control.
    Home button on the Samsung Smart TV remote control.
  2. Go to Settings on the bottom left corner of the screen.
    Settings option highlighted on Samsung Smart TV screen.
  3. Select General from the settings menu.
    General option highlighted in settings menu of Samsung Smart TV.
  4. Then go to System Manager.
    System Manager option highlighted in settings menu of Samsung Smart TV.
  5. Select the Change PIN option.
    Change PIN option highlighted in settings menu of Samsung Smart TV.
  6. You'll be asked to enter the current PIN first. After that, you'll be asked to enter a new PIN, then to confirm the new PIN.

    The default PIN is 0000.

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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.

Samsung Smart TV.
Parental Controls are features available on Samsung 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 Samsung Smart TV features provide:

  • They provide Parental Controls for 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 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 will vary from one device to another and must be configured separately.
  1. Press the Home button on the remote control.
    Home button on the Samsung Smart TV remote control.
  2. Go to Settings on the bottom left corner of the screen.
    Settings option highlighted on Samsung Smart TV screen.
  3. Select General from the settings menu.
    General option highlighted in settings menu of Samsung Smart TV.
  4. Then go to System Manager.
    System Manager option highlighted in settings menu of Samsung Smart TV.
  5. Select the Change PIN option.
    Change PIN option highlighted in settings menu of Samsung Smart TV.
  6. You'll be asked to enter the current PIN first. After that, you'll be asked to enter a new PIN, then to confirm the new PIN.

    The default PIN is 0000.

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. Press the Home button on the remote control.
    Home button on the Samsung Smart TV remote control.
  2. Go to Settings on the bottom left corner of the screen.
    Settings option highlighted on Samsung Smart TV screen.
  3. Go to Broadcasting in the settings menu.
    Broadcasting option highlighted in settings menu of Samsung Smart TV.
  4. Then select Program Rating Lock Settings and turn the feature on.
    Program Rating Lock Settings option highlighted in settings menu of Samsung Smart TV.
  5. From there, you'll be able to lock TV programs based on:
    • TV Ratings - You'll be shown a table with the Rating Level on the left column and the Content Descriptor on the top row. Select a padlock at the intersection of the categories on the left and top to block that type of content and all higher categories.
    • Film (MPAA) Ratings - You'll be shown a single column with the Rating Level. Select a padlock beside one of the rating categories to block that category and all higher categories.
    • Downloadable U.S. Rating - Parental restriction information is automatically downloaded while you're watching digital TV channels and the parental restriction levels differ with each broadcasting station. Select a padlock beside one of the rating categories to block that category and all higher categories.
  1. Press the Home button on the remote control.
    Home button on the Samsung Smart TV remote control.
  2. Go to Apps on the bottom left corner of the screen.
    Apps option highlighted on Samsung Smart TV screen.
  3. Select Settings from the top right corner of the screen.
    Settings option highlighted on Samsung Smart TV screen.
  4. Scroll left and right to find the app you want to restrict access to then select Lock/Unlock beneath it's tile.
    Lock/Unlock option highlighted in Apps Settings on Samsung Smart TV.
  5. Enter your PIN to lock the selected app.
    On-screen-keyboard highlighted on App Locking prompt on Samsung Smart TV.
  6. A padlock will appear in the top right corner of the app's tile meaning it's locked and requires a PIN to be entered in order to launch it.
    Padlock pointed out on app tile of Samsung 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.

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