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Parental control

Sun Dec 27, 2009 11:49 am

I think channels should have some sort of rating (G, PG, R, etc.) That way, I can then set up parental control for my kids. That would be huge.
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Parental Controls discussion 2.0

Sun Dec 27, 2009 5:57 pm

Here we go again.

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Sun Dec 27, 2009 6:13 pm

The channels? Considering most channels contain multiple shows with varying degree of content. How would you even do that? What would you rate Flickr? Or Mediafly? or Netflix or Amazon?

Or do you mean the media itself should be rated? I believe Netflix and Amazon rate their content (per MPAA and TV ratings), but how do you rate open content like Mediafly podcasts/vodcasts? Who would be in charge of rating each show?
 
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Parental Control

Sun Dec 27, 2009 10:19 pm

I can see your argument from a technical perspective. Perhaps, then, instead of a rating system, a user profile system, where you can have different users on the Roku and each user could have access to different channels. Something very simple where you can log in and say "access to channel a, b c, NOT d, e and f" for user "X". User Y would have a different set of access. Protect this with a simple PIN (so that the user needs to know the PIN before they can change the access) and your are set. Then I could easily allow my kids to browse the different channels we, as parents, approve for them.

Hope this makes sense.

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Sun Dec 27, 2009 11:19 pm

I'd love user profiles. Hopefully they can implement that eventually. It would solve the issue of needing to access more than one account too (eg Pandora, Facebook, etc).
 
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Re Parental control

Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:00 pm

Why not just add a password protected folder, for content not suitable for children?
 
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Re: Parental control

Fri Mar 12, 2010 2:24 pm

We really need this. How about in the meantime just allow a base password to be set to access the roku at all?

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Re: Parental control

Fri Mar 12, 2010 2:30 pm

noxid8 wrote:
We really need this. How about in the meantime just allow a base password to be set to access the roku at all?

Thanks.


You can setup PIN access for the channel store.
 
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Re: Parental control

Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:03 pm

philsoft wrote:
noxid8 wrote:
We really need this. How about in the meantime just allow a base password to be set to access the roku at all?

Thanks.


You can setup PIN access for the channel store.


Unfortunately, the pin is only needed for adding channels. So if someone wanted to restrict access to channels, they'd have to remove them all and then add them back each time.
 
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Re: Parental control

Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:07 pm

KennyJ wrote:
philsoft wrote:
noxid8 wrote:
We really need this. How about in the meantime just allow a base password to be set to access the roku at all?

Thanks.


You can setup PIN access for the channel store.


Unfortunately, the pin is only needed for adding channels. So if someone wanted to restrict access to channels, they'd have to remove them all and then add them back each time.


Or they could purchase a second DVP and enable the pin on that box, and make only the channels they feel are appropriate available on that box.
 
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Re: Parental control

Fri Mar 12, 2010 5:34 pm

Keep the Roku box in a locked cabinet.

The advantage for this is that it will work for everything in your house and other people won't have to suffer.
 
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Re: Parental control

Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:46 pm

One problem with going by Ratings is that MANY older TV shows (circa mid-80s) available on Netflix are rated "NR" as TV had no ratings system back then. Many people would block NR content as it *could* be NSFK. (Not safe for Kids)
 
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Re: Parental control

Tue Mar 16, 2010 3:20 am

Netflix could hire some people to rate NR stuff.......If they create a ratings system.

Surprised there not as they are coming on Nintendo's turf on the Wii & most likely DS.

So maybe Netflix will be creating a parental control system with Netflix Instant?
 
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Re: Parental control

Fri Apr 09, 2010 9:48 am

I would like to be able to password protect individual channels.
 
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Re: Parental control

Fri Apr 09, 2010 7:47 pm

You could always just keep the remote out of the kid's hands. The Roku is completely useless without it (unless your 5 year old knows how to ssh into it). By the time they are teenagers they can show you how to find the best porn on the internet. You are not protecting them from anything.
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