Anyone who previously said there’s no such thing as too much family time has probably had their convictions sorely tested in the past few months. Fortunately, when homeschool is all done, there’s plenty of high-quality, educational and just plain fun kids’ content to stream to keep the kids out of your hair for a few precious minutes.
But online doesn’t have to mean out of control. Showmax recently introduced Kids’ Profile, which filters the content your child can see on the platform and keeps it all above board and age-appropriate. Here’s how it works.
How to set up a kids’ profile on Showmax
Showmax lets you set up multiple profiles from a single account. Each member of your family can have their own profile. This means that when they select their profile, they’ll only see relevant, suitable shows and movies.
This is very handy when you've got more than one adult using the same profile because each person's recommendations and watchlists are tailored specifically for them. So you won't get the latest reality series recommended for you if you lean more towards the nail-biting suspense of Game of Thrones than the manicures and claws-out catfights of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
But the Profiles feature is even more important when you have small people sharing your account, because it helps you to prevent them being exposed to age-inappropriate content. It also gives them full-on access to all the series and movies they know and love.
All you have to do is select the Kids Profile before you hand over the TV remote or your tablet, and they'll only be able to see the content that Showmax knows is suitable for kids in their age group - especially if you PIN protect the Profile.
1. Log into www.showmax.com.
2. Beneath 'Who's watching Showmax?' click on Add New Profile.
3. Choose an icon and enter a name for the new profile.
4. Next, you have a choice between creating a Kids, Teens or Adult profile.
5. If you select Kids, you'll be prompted to choose an age group: 2-4, 5-6, 7-9 or 10-12.
6. If you select Teens, then content will be restricted to shows suitable for under-18s.
7. Click Save.
8. Next step, you'll be prompted to set up a PIN. If you do this, then if a kid enters an adults' profile, they'll need to enter the PIN to watch age-restricted content.
What to watch
There’s plenty for the youngest in the family to enjoy, from perenially popular shows like Paw Patrol S1-5, three seasons of Peppa Pig, plus four adorable specials, and four seasons of Thomas & Friends, to the absolutely gorgeous animated Julia Donaldson specials featuring some top British talent. Our favourite is Zog, which was animated in Cape Town.
Plus, check out Kiri and Lou, featuring Flight of the Conchords’ Jermaine Clement, SA-animated Munki and Trunk (from the same local studio as the recently released Jungle Beat movie) and Hey Duggee S1-3.
Slightly older kids will love the selection of LEGO movies and series, like LEGO Jurassic World: Legend of Isla Nublar S1. This prequel to the 2015 film Jurassic World is also a direct followup to LEGO Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit TV special (so watch that first). See all the LEGO shows on here.
If Barbie is more your child’s thing, they won’t be disappointed by all the sparkle ready to stream. The Barbie: Dreamtopia movie and a whole bunch of other Barbie movies are also on Showmax. For even more girly glitter, there are My Little Pony Specials.
New movies available include Abominable (2019), about a yeti trying to find his way home, and all the Train Your Dragon movies, including the latest, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Plus, you can watch all three Madagascar movies for some wacky fun.
Tweens and teens
You won’t go short of fun teen shows to stream. In Victorious, 16-year-old aspiring pop star Tori Vega (played by Victoria Justice) go to the prestigious high school Hollywood Arts. In Disney's The Evermoor Chronicles, a teen moves from the US to a small English village - and finds some mysteries to solve. Make It Pop sees three girls form a K-Pop group, while Find Me In Paris is the time-travelling ballet-dancing series you’ve been waiting for!
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