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How to set restrictions on the new Apple TV

Chuck La Tournous | Nov. 4, 2015
Apple provides granular controls for keeping unwanted content off your TV, but inconsistent reach across all media makes it a poor substitute for real time parental control.

I also had to enter my Apple ID frequently to view content I had already purchased. This seemed like overkill to me, but it doesn’t seem to be tied to Restrictions settings. On a device that doesn’t (yet?) bring back support for Bluetooth keyboards or read settings from a trusted device, this seems more like a glitch than a feature, but time will tell.

Additionally, if you switch away from Restrictions and come back later, you’ll be returned to the General settings section and have to re-enter your passcode to get back into the Restrictions page. That’s a great security feature, but unfortunately, it only seems to work some of the time, with no discernible reason as to why it locks sometimes but not others. (Timing didn’t seem to be a factor.) 

All in all, if your digital life falls mostly within Apple’s ecosystem, the Apple TV’s Restrictions may work well enough to keep inappropriate content away from impressionable eyes. But if you make frequent use of the other content sources available on Apple TV, Apple’s controls fall short. At this point at least, Parental Controls are no substitute for parental involvement.


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