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Configure parental controls

Parental controls enable you to control whether the members of your household can view certain kinds of broadcast TV programs. When a program or feature is blocked, you can unblock it by entering a parental control PIN that only you know.

Note
The parental control feature can be used to hide the Movie Store, TV Store, and News options that are available on the Home screen menu of TVs manufactured for the United States. However, the parental controls feature does not block other streaming content nor content from inputs other than the TV tuner.

Creating a parental control PIN

The first time you access the Parental controls screen, you must create a new parental control PIN. Thereafter, whenever you want to change parental control settings, unblock programming that has been blocked, change the PIN, or disable parental controls, you must enter your parental control PIN.

Tip
Your parental control parental control PIN has nothing to do with your Roku PIN. You can make them the same if you want—this is entirely your choice.

To create a new parental control PIN, from the Home screen menu navigate to Settings > Parental controls. The screen displays a numeric keypad. Use the arrow buttons and the OK button to enter a four digit code. Then repeat the process to enter the same PIN again, just to make sure you correctly entered the PIN you want to use.

Important
If you forget your PIN, the only way to recover is to perform a factory reset operation, as explained in More settings. Be sure to write it down in a safe place just in case.

Blocking Movie Store, TV Store, and News (US TV models only)

One of the parental control options is to completely hide the entertainment options that are available directly on the Home screen menu of TVs manufactured for sale in the United States. (The Movie Store, TV Store, and News options are not available on TVs manufactured for sale in Canada).

To hide Home screen entertainment options:

  1. From the Home screen menu, navigate to Settings >Parental controls, and then enter your parental control PIN.
  2. In the Parental controls screen, highlight Home screen and then select or clear either of these options:

Blocking Broadcast TV shows

For broadcast TV, parental controls use information embedded in the broadcast signal to determine whether to allow a program to be displayed. Parents can configure parental controls to block broadcast TV programs that meet or exceed a specific rating, so they cannot be viewed or heard unless the correct parental control PIN is entered.

Note
Rating standards differ by country.

Enabling parental control of TV shows

The first step in blocking TV shows is to enable parental control of TV shows.

This setting is provided separately to make it easier for you to turn parental control of TV shows on and off without disturbing their settings. For example, your kids are going to summer camp for two weeks, and while they are gone, you don’t want to have to deal with unblocking shows that you want to watch by entering your parental control PIN. All you need to do is clear Enable parental controls, and all TV shows are unblocked. When the kids return, select Enable parental controls again, and all of your parental control settings are restored in a single operation.

To enable parental control of TV shows:

  1. In the Home screen menu, navigate to Settings >Parental controls, and then enter your parental control PIN.
  2. In the Parental controls screen, navigate to TV tuner> Parental control of TV shows.
  3. Make sure the check box next to Enable parental controls is checked. If not, highlight it and press OK.

Blocking based on US TV ratings

Most broadcast US TV shows—other than movies—contain rating data that enables parental controls to block shows that parents don’t want others to view. The ratings are divided into two groups that function independently:

Within each of these groups, the ratings interact such that if you block a particular level of content, your TV also blocks all content with a higher rating. Conversely, if you unblock a particular level of content, your TV also unblocks all content with a lower rating. For example, if you block TV-PG programs, your TV also blocks TV-14 and TV-MA programs. If you subsequently unblock TV-14 programs, TV-PG programs are also unblocked, but TV-MA programs remain blocked.

Similarly, within the main group, content types can be individually blocked. For example, you can block just coarse language in shows with a TV-PG rating. If you do, then your TV also blocks shows with coarse language in the higher ratings (TV-14 and TV-MA). Subsequently unblocking coarse language in TV-14 ratings does not unblock coarse language in TV-MA programs, but it does unblock coarse language in TV-PG programs.

To block TV shows based on US television ratings:

  1. From the Home screen menu, navigate to Settings >Parental controls, and then enter your parental control PIN.
  2. In the Parental controls screen, navigate to TV tuner> TV ratings. Choose among the following settings:

Blocking based on US movie ratings

Most movies in the US are rated by the Motion Picture Association of America, or MPAA, so the ratings are known as MPAA ratings. TV broadcast signals carry movie rating data that enables parental controls to block shows that parents don't want others to see. The ratings are:

Unlike US TV ratings, there are no individual content types within the ratings. But like TV ratings, blocking movies with a particular rating also blocks movies with a higher rating, and unblocking movies with a particular rating also unblocks movies with a lower rating.

Tip
Blocking movies with an NC-17 rating also blocks programs with the now-obsolete X rating, which can still occur in the program data of older movies.

To block movies based on MPAA ratings:

  1. From the Home screen menu, navigate to Settings >Parental controls, and then enter your parental control PIN.
  2. In the Parental controls screen, navigate to TV Tuner>Movie ratings.
  3. Select the rating level you want to block. You need only select one rating level, and all higher levels are automatically blocked.

Blocking based on Other ratings

Your TV can block programs having ratings that had not been defined when your TV was manufactured. It does this by detecting a new Rating Region Table in a program and then downloading the new table and displaying its rating in the Parental controls.

When your TV downloads a new Rating Region Table, it adds a new option to the list of rating types: Other ratings. If you see this option in the Parental controls screen, you have tuned to a station that has implemented a new rating table. Once the new rating table has been downloaded to your TV, it remains in your TV until it is factory reset, and you can configure blocking based on the new ratings.

New Region Rating Tables can have independent rating levels, or rating levels that interact in the same ways as the built-in US TV and MPAA Movie ratings.

Tip
If your TV downloads a new Region Rating Table, you’ll have to experiment with its settings to understand how to use it.

Blocking based on Canadian English ratings

Canadian-English language and third-language programs that are broadcast in Canada are rated by the Action Group on Violence on Television, or AGVOT. TV broadcast signals carry rating data that enables parental controls to block shows that parents don't want others to view based on content containing violence, language, sex, or nudity. The ratings are:

Blocking content with a particular rating also blocks content with a higher rating, and unblocking content with a particular rating also unblocks movies with a lower rating.

To block programs based on AGVOT ratings:

  1. From the Home screen menu, navigate to Settings >Parental controls, and then enter your parental control PIN.
  2. In the Parental controls screen, navigate to TV tuner>Canadian English ratings.
  3. Select the rating level you want to block. You need only select one rating level, and all higher levels are automatically blocked.

Blocking based on Canadian French ratings

Canadian-French language programs that are broadcast in Canada are rated by the Régie du cinéma du Québec. TV broadcast signals carry rating data that enables parental controls to block shows that parents don't want others to view based on content containing violence, language, sex, or nudity. The ratings are:

Blocking content with a particular rating also blocks content with a higher rating, and unblocking content with a particular rating also unblocks movies with a lower rating.

To block programs based on Canadian-French ratings:

  1. From the Home screen menu, navigate to Settings >Parental controls, and then enter your parental control PIN.
  2. In the Parental controls screen, navigate to TV tuner>Canadian French ratings.
  3. Select the rating level you want to block. You need only select one rating level, and all higher levels are automatically blocked.

Blocking unrated programs

Some broadcast TV shows and movies are assigned a rating of “Unrated”. Whether or not such programs contain content that is objectionable to you cannot be determined. However, you can choose to block such programs.

To block all unrated broadcasts:

  1. From the Home screen menu, navigate to Settings >Parental controls, and then enter your parental control PIN.
  2. In the Parental controls screen, navigate to TV tuner>Block all unrated programs.
  3. Highlight Block and press OK. When blocking is enabled, the adjacent padlock icon changed from unlocked to locked.
    Tip
    Blocking programs that have been assigned a rating of “Unrated” does not block programs that have no rating assigned to them (for example a broadcast of a local town council meeting). Programs that do not have an assigned rating display Rating NA (for “not applicable,” meaning a rating is not needed). Programs that have no assigned rating are considered “safe”; therefore, there is no need to block them.

What happens when a TV show is blocked?

After you've set up parental controls, TV shows and movies can be blocked:

When a program is blocked by parental control settings, your TV displays a blocked message:
Blocked TV channel

Whenever this blocked message appears, both the video and audio of the show are blocked, as well as program data that would normally appear in the area at the bottom of the screen.

To watch the blocked program, you need to know the PIN code defined when you enabled parental controls, as explained in Configure parental controls.

  1. Press OK to select Unblock and display a PIN pad.
    Enter parental control PIN
  2. Use the arrow buttons to enter your parental control PIN code, and then press OK to select Unblock everything.

After unblocking shows that have been blocked, all blocking is disabled for two hours or until you turn off your TV.

Changing the parental control PIN

To change your parental control PIN:

  1. From the Home screen menu, navigate to Settings >Parental controls, and then enter your parental control PIN.
  2. In the Parental controls screen, highlight Change PIN.
  3. Move the highlight into the adjacent keypad, and then use the arrow buttons and the OK button to enter a four digit code. Then repeat the process to enter the same PIN again, just to make sure you correctly entered the PIN you want to use.

Resetting parental controls

So now your kids have grown up and gone away to college, and you no longer want to deal with blocked programs.

To erase all parental control settings:

  1. From the Home screen menu, navigate to Settings >Parental controls, and then enter your parental control PIN.
  2. In the Parental controls screen, highlight Reset parental controls.
  3. Follow the instructions on the screen to confirm that you want to erase all parental control settings.
    Tip
    Resetting parental controls also erases your parental control PIN.

 

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