Netflix kicked off a new feature called "patches." The point? To give kids an incentive to watch MORE TV by rewarding them with collectible badges. The more they watch, the more badges they get. Kids can rack up accomplishments like watching every episode of 'Fuller House', or binging "Skylanders Academy".
.@netflix has patches /badges now? What’s the deal with this?? As if getting my son to stop watching Netflix wasn’t hard enough. Now I have to deal with him wanting to binge endless hours of shows just to earn a silly patch? Not good. My opinion I know, but still I don’t like it!— Ed Munoz (@LivingDadly) February 24, 2018
Needless to say many parents aren't digging this new feature considering one of the hardest things in parenting these days is limiting screen time, not increasing it, and getting kids to be less sedentary.
For what it's worth, Netflix says they're just trying it out, and it might not become permanent.
What do you think about it?
You now get badges for watching certain Netflix kids shows and yeah, it’s totally working considering we’ve watched all 6 episodes of Trolls at least 3 times today.— Mia 🦅 (@mrsmiamac) March 7, 2018