New Disney+ Feature to Give Parents More Control Over What Children Watch
By Movieguide® Staff
A new Disney+ feature called Star will give parents more control over what their children watch, among other features. There are a few catches, though. The first is that Star is only available overseas. The second is that Star will have programming geared toward adults 18+, requiring a greater necessity to implement parental controls.
“We are constantly asking ourselves how we can make a great product, which Disney+ is, even better,” said Jan Koeppen, president of The Walt Disney Co. Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
When Disney surveyed potential subscribers, Jan said, “They all said we love choice. And the adults among them had a term that they often used. ‘We would love to have even more choice’ for what they call ‘me-time,’ the time when the kids have gone to bed. … That is really where Star comes in.”
According to Tech Radar:
Disney Plus is implementing new parental controls to mark the launch of Star. Customers will be asked if they want to opt in to the expanded, 18+ rated library of content when they log in to the app after Star launches. The password will need to be re-entered to ensure the account owner is the one verifying any changes.
Parents will then be able to set limits for profiles in the app based on content ratings, protecting children from mature content like the foul mouth of Die Hard’s John McClane. A PIN can be used to stop younger people from accessing adult accounts.
There will be seven content ratings in total, ranging from 0+ to 18+.
However, just because an adult can watch a show does not mean they should. Movieguide® Founder and Publisher Dr. Ted Baehr suggests adults practice media discernment in what they consume.
“There are many other questions which we could ask to help evaluate a mass media product, but they all boil down to how we would like our loved ones to be inundated by the messages being communicated by the mass media,” Baehr says. “If we care about others and about the Lord Jesus, we will take a stand against anything being communicated that undermines a biblical worldview and mocks our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Anything less than standing on His Word written denies our relationship with Him.”