Being a parent can be one of the most rewarding, and overwhelming, experiences of your life. We understand that parents are busy people, and don’t always have the time to constantly monitor what their children are watching on television. That’s why DISH Network made it a priority to create a robust set of parental control features that allow parents to focus to know what their child is watching, even if they are not in the room. Let’s take a closer look at the parental controls available to DISH Network customers. Parental Guides DISH understands that kids are crafty, and are always looking for ways to get around basic parental controls. That’s why DISH Network’s parental control features are anything but basic. The proof of that starts in a basic, and often overlooked, space—the programming guide. Traditional parental control settings for pay-TV services allows users to block access to certain channels. Of course, DISH offers that functionality but also takes the idea a step further by giving parents the option to completely hide certain programs and channels from the programming guide. That means your child won’t accidentally scroll through and see inappropriate titles. Hopefully removing the temptation to even attempt to gain access to content that you have deemed inappropriate. DISH also understands that it’s nearly impossible to keep up with all of the new content coming out these days, and that parents often need more information than just the rating. That’s why DISH’s offers a “parental guide” which is essentially a programming guide built with parents in mind. The parental guide goes beyond the traditional rating system and offers parents insight into what the content is actually about. Not only does each program have a longer-form contextual write up, but they are each rated on things like educational value, positive messaging, drinking, scariness, and more Passcodes Passcodes have long been one of the most effective forms of parental controls, and DISH has made sure to include them in their parental control toolbox. As a DISH Network customer you can set your own passcode and use it to restrict specific channels, programs and ratings. This means that you can watch whatever you want, but your child won’t be able to access content you deem inappropriate without the passcode that you created. Rating Locks Oftentimes channels offer some content that parents may deem acceptable, and some which is not. For traditional parental controls this would present a conundrum: do I allow my child access to this channel, even though I’m not comfortable with all the programs it offers? With DISH, you don’t have to make that choice. DISH allows parents to restrict content by their rating. For example, you may decide to block TV-MA and TV-14 content, but allow TV-G and TV-PG content. That means that if a TV-MA shows is on a channel that you don’t have blocked, that specific program will still be unwatchable without a passcode. It’s a great way to easily sift through all the content that is out there without spending time reading up on every single show. Hardware Settings In today’s world, many families have multiple televisions in their home. As an adult, you may not want to have to put in a passcode every time you want to watch a show without your kids around. That’s why DISH allows you to program parental settings based on which television is being used. That means your bedroom TV can have no restrictions, while the living room set can have all the parental controls active. It’s an easy way to protect your kids from inappropriate content without having to put a ton of effort into it every day. Being a parent is hard, don’t let your television make it harder. DISH Network is committed to helping parents govern exactly what kind of content their children can, and can’t consume. Their robust parental control settings are only the tip of the iceberg. If you are interested in purchasing a DISH Network package, or want to inquire about upgrading the package you currently have, we encourage you to check out www.godish.com.