Controls & Settings guide

BBC iPlayer parental guidance lock

The Parental Guidance Lock is a safeguard to help you control which BBC audio and video content your children can listen to or watch online. Alternatively, there is also a BBC iPlayer Kids app featuring tailored content for kids.

What do I need?

BBC iPlayer account username and password.

Restrictions you can apply

Inappropriate content

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Watch step by step instructions.

Step by Step Instructions


Go to iPlayers Parental Guidance page and click on the ‘Set up the parental Guidance Lock now’ button.


Select the check box and click ‘Continue’.


Click the ‘Turn On’ button.


You will now have to create a 4-digit pin code. This will be required whenever an age restricted show is trying to be accessed.

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