Explicit, vulgar, and violent scenes are limited to children due to the high level of vulnerability. Therefore, enabling parental controls on CBS All Access is as important as it is paramount by law. Streaming services without good parental controls are often ditched by parents because nobody wants to see their child throwing tantrums because of what they saw on a TV.
Viewing restrictions is the only reason you can leave your TV switched on when you are not home without being worried if your 4-year kid is going to eschew his usual Tom and Jerry to see a weird unrated movie.
CBS parental guide
I think CBS is natural for parents who want to limit what their children see and how much content they consume. This is due to CBS’s limitations to multiple viewing profiles. You can only have two devices using a CBS account at the same time. This has made it easy for parents to manage viewing devices at home.
The following are the different options you will see on your CBS parental control settings and how to manage them:
- Movies rated R, TV-MA, NC-17, UR, or NR are for adults.
- Movies rated TV-Y, G, or TV-G are for all kids, that is, any kid can watch it.
- Movies rated TV-Y7, TV-Y7 FV (fantasy violence), PG, or TV-PG is for older kids, but parent’s discretion is advised. All content should be supervised and filtered.
- Movies rated PG-13 or TV-14 is for teens. This should be supervised especially for early teenage-hood kids who are just getting used to it.
The adult ratings are turned on once you activate the parental control by clicking the “lock” icon. You can only watch them with the parental control pin which I will show you how to set up in this guide. Also, you will notice that some other ratings are turned on by activation. But you can avoid this by clicking directly on rating.
Setting up your controls
Regardless of your device, restrictions on views can only be done using your desktop or browser on any other device. Even if you did not subscribe through cbs.com, but registered through other platforms, you would still have to use the official website for your parental control setup. The only exceptions to these are devices that do not allow CBS parental controls, and they include Samsung smart TV, Apple TV 2, Vizio smart TV, and few others.
Set up your security pin: The first thing to do when you want to activate parental controls is to set a security pin. To do this, login to your account, select settings. Under your settings, you will be required to use your current account password to gain access to creating a pin; add your password. Once you do, you will be allowed to create your security pin which will be validated across different devices where you have a CBS account on.
Devices, where the parental controls can’t work on, include android devices, Roku TV, Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV 4th generation, iOS phone and tablets, Xbox, and many more.
Make preferences: You can click on the “lock” icon to lock all ratings or toggle it on-off by clicking on the desired rating directly. Each rating you choose locks up automatically while other ones don’t.
Movies under a locked rating can only be accessed with the use of the security pin you generated. This implies that you can decide to supervise everything your kids watch, and this is done at your discretion.
If you ever forget your parental control pin, you can go cbs.com/pin to reset.