How to Enable Parental Controls on Crackle (and How They Work)

Parental controls are essential as we strive to prevent our children from accessing age-inappropriate content. Even on free-to-use platforms like Crackle, taking advantage of this feature gives many parents peace of mind.

Crackle has been available, in one form or another, since 2004. As a free service, it has a lot of users and a lot of content. Thankfully, there are tons of shows and movies your kids can watch.

How to enable Crackle Parental Controls on Desktop

Desktops like Windows offer parental tools to control what your kids do, but you can go a step further and control what your kids can see.

Enabling Crackle parental controls isn’t too difficult a task. However, you need to have an account on Crackle to use this feature. Luckily, setting up an account is easy, and it only requires an email address and password. Having an account will also allow you to use the Crackle app on more devices.

Once you’ve created a Crackle account, do the following:

  1. Download in your browser and log in to your account
  2. Hover over your profile picture in the top right corner and go to Setting.
  3. Simply scroll to Interests and turn on Parental control feature.

That’s all you have to do! Since you’re using the desktop version of Crackle, you should know that you’ll be asked to enter your account password to bypass parental controls when you want to view audience content more mature.


How to enable Crackle Parental Controls on mobile devices

When you’re enjoying Crackle on your phone, things get a lot easier to manage. To limit inappropriate content on mobile apps, you don’t even need to log into your account.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Launch Crackle on your device.
  2. Tap the menu button (three horizontal lines) in the top left corner.
  3. Go Setting.
  4. Under Parental control, check box for Restrict all content.
  5. You will be asked to set up a 4-digit PIN, which will be requested when anyone tries to access content with an inappropriate rating.

The Reality of Crackle’s Parental Controls

Before you turn on parental controls on Crackle and relax because your kids won’t see any inappropriate content, we’ll do a reality check for you: that’s not how it works. Crackle function. In fact, for young children, this feature does not work too well.

Good thing this Crackle feature exists. Even in its shape, the good thing is that it’s there to filter out some of the content.

Crackle Parental Controls works in two layers. The first layer is what we see when we run a search or select a category to check out the content. Parental controls filter out content marked as TV-MA, which stands for adult, or R, which stands for “restricted,” so the titles don’t even show up.

The second layer is a pin or password, which is required to play content without ratings. And there’s a lot more available on Crackle.

We’re not sure where the ratings come from, but Crackle clearly doesn’t use multiple sources. For example, at the time of this writing, there is a horror movie called American Hunt, which has no rating on Crackle but is labeled “16+” on Amazon Prime Video. Because there are no ratings, the movie doesn’t have parental controls enabled and shows up in the results even when the feature is turned on. Luckily, kids still need to know your passcode to get around this.

Furthermore, since there’s no way to choose the type of rating you want to restrict, for example, shows and movies with a rating of PG-13 or TV-14 remain unchecked by Parental Controls. There are always ways for children to overcome parental control. But parents of younger kids should keep an eye on them at all times when using Crackle as age-inappropriate content is easily accessible even with filters in place.

Don’t forget to enhance parental control

It’s nice to have parental controls on Crackle, even in its current form. However, it’s best to keep in mind that Crackle’s features aren’t comparable to what you get when using Netflix, HBO Max, Disney+, or other platforms better suited for kids, so parents Mom needs to be more careful.

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