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Setting Up Parental Controls for Hotstar



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    Besides more well-known streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and HBO, a lot of countries also have their own streaming services. Disney Plus has made an overarching app named Star to offer local and frequently watched movies and series internationally. Hotstar is one of Star’s branches that offers a streaming service mainly in India.

    Bollywood has fans all over the world but is by far the most popular in India. As a parent who wants to watch Bollywood series and movies, you might want to use this service without exposing your child to unsuitable content. Therefore, it would be good to learn how to put parental controls on Hotstar.

    It was a smart move by Disney Plus to create Hotstar. They created a streaming service that adds Bollywood (the second largest movie industry in the world) to an already well-known content base. It’s available for users in India (and the other countries that have access to Hotstar).


    What Is Hotstar?

    Hotstar, also known as Disney Plus Hotstar, is an Indian online video streaming platform owned by Novi Digital Entertainment Private Limited. This platform is operated by Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution, which are both divisions of The Walt Disney Company.

    Hotstar was first introduced as a streaming service carrying Disney Star’s local networks including films, television series, live sports, and original programs. Content from third parties such as HBO and Showtime are featured as well. Disney Star is a brand name that is used in most international countries as a section of Disney Plus. Disney has purchased TV shows and movies to include in Star to attract a more mature audience. Star also offers local content from those countries, along with sports via ESPN.

    The Disney Plus Hotstar service also operates in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand, where it combines the larger Disney Plus library with entertainment content licensed from local and third-party studios.


    Does Hotstar Have Parental Controls?

    The short answer is yes, Hotstar does provide parental control features. Nevertheless, the options are a few and might not be very secure. Read on to see how to put parental controls on Hotstar.


    How to Activate Parental Controls on Hotstar

    With the broad collection of local and international content Hotstar offers, protecting your child from adult content seems like a logical step to take. Disney Hotstar offers two types of parental controls to protect your child from seeing unsuitable content.


    Profile PIN

    By setting up a PIN when entering the Disney Plus Hotstar app, it is possible to add an extra layer of protection. With this PIN your child cannot easily access the app and the displayed content. In order to create a PIN:

    1. Click on the three lines at the top left of the screen.
    2. Open your account, by clicking on your account name.
    3. Click on Account Settings.
    4. Click on Create Parental Lock.
    5. Now you can create a PIN, and click on continue.
    6. Confirm your PIN, by repeating the same 4 digits.

    Kids Safe Mode

    By creating a profile for your child and activating Kids Safe mode, an easy-to-navigate interface is created. This interface only features content suitable for viewers of all ages. This prevents your child from watching any unsuitable content. In order to activate this mode:

    1. Click on the three lines at the top left of the screen.
    2. Enable the Kids Safe option in the menu, by clicking on the slider.


    screenshot of Hotstar menu showing Kids Safe option, Downloads, Watchlist, Prizes, Premium, Channels, Languages, Genres, and Help


    Parental Control with More Options

    To conclude, with Hotstar’s parental control settings, you can add an extra step to make it a bit more difficult for your child to watch age-inappropriate content. If you want a more inclusive parental control system, Safes can be a better option. Safes offers a wide variety of services to protect your child on their electronic devices. With Safes, it is possible to:

    • Set a certain screen schedule to protect children from excessive screen time.
    • Block applications based on parent’s choice or age rating.
    • Manage content to set boundaries for content and communication accessibility on children’s devices.


    Keep Your Child Safe Online with Safes

    While Hotstar offers basic parental controls, Safes provides a comprehensive solution for managing your child’s online activities on PCs and phones. With features like screen time management, app blocking, and content filtering, you can ensure a safer digital experience for your child. Sign up for a free trial today and take the first step towards enhanced online safety. Start Your Free Trial!


    Frequently Asked Questions

    We’ve compiled a list of questions and answers to help provide more information on the topic we discussed. If you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be happy to help!


    Does Hotstar have parental controls?

    The short answer is yes. There are two ways to set up parental controls via the app: use a PIN to lock the app completely or turn on Kids Safe to activate a child-friendly interface. To have more extensive control, different parental control apps can be used to block the whole app as well.


    Why is the content on Hotstar’s website hidden?

    Disney Plus Hotstar is only available in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. If you are in one of these regions, and you are still not able to see the content, it means you are connected to a VPN, proxy, or “unblocking” service. When one of these services is used, your region information is hidden, because Hotstar’s content library varies from region to region.


    What is Disney Plus Hotstar?

    A: Disney Plus Hotstar, also known as Hotstar, is a streaming platform that contains not only local Bollywood content but also international movies and series from more well-known services such as HBO and Showtime.



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    1. Install the Safes Kids app on your Chromebook from Google Play. 
    2. Pair Safes Kids with parent app. Follow the instructions in the app to pair your child’s device with your parent device.  
    3. Add the Safe Kids Chrome extension. Open Chrome and go to the Chrome Web Store. 
    4. Navigate to the Manage extensions page. Click the three dots in the top right corner of Chrome and select “Extensions”>”Manage Extensions”>”Details”
    5. Turn on “Allow in incognito mode” This will allow the Safe Kids extension to work in incognito mode, which is important if your child uses incognito mode to try to bypass the parental controls.
    6. Select Safes extension and follow on-screen instruction

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