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Feature request: parental control for home screen access

Here’s my use case: my young kids have learned that if they wake up long before my wife and I, they can get on the Roku and watch whatever they want. Not worried about them seeing inappropriate content because we prepare for this. However, we often find them awake at 3:00 AM watching their shows. 

A few features that would help...
1. Add an optional feature to parental controls that asks for a pin on boot up not just to purchase apps  

2. Add a “off-time” scheduler feature that won’t allow the Roku to be used based on a schedule. Maybe a pin override to bypass if needed.

 

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Re: Feature request: parental control for home screen access

Please let me know if this happens. I am having the same issue. 

 

Thank you 

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Re: Feature request: parental control for home screen access

Absolutely agree with this and have also found my children watching in the early hours. I also found my 7-year-old listening to a podcast on iHeartRadio about the Zodiac Killer - you know, good family content. This was possible despite the usage of all existing parental controls because you can install and launch iHeartRadio and Pandora without a PIN by using voice commands and there is no login required for those apps. I'd prefer my kids not have the ability to peruse all the Settings, browse sleazy wallpapers, read every movie synopsis, and listen to murderous podcasts. 

Considering that Roku presumably wishes to be the choice product at the center of family entertainment, I find it unacceptable that they have not prioritized what many would consider a critical family feature. It doesn't have to be sophisticated like Apple ScreenTime, PS4 parental controls, or Microsoft Family. I'd be thrilled if there was just one gate between powering on and having unlimited access to everything.

 

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Re: Feature request: parental control for home screen access

Same here! Considering getting rid of the Roku and looking for a more family friendly option.

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