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Use this simple Netflix trick to fool your kids into going to bed early

Published Nov 5th, 2015 9:45PM EST
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So you’ve got an energetic kid at home who simply refuses to go to sleep. Well fret not, because a clever Netflix hack might finally help put your kid to bed so you can have a night of peace.

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As Digital Trends reports, Netflix partnered up with DreamWorks to develop special five-minute Dinotrux episodes that you can use to trick your kids into going to bed early. The idea here is that parents can promise “one more show” before bedtime and kids will be able to watch a show that lasts just five minutes. Now, admittedly, your kid might soon realize what’s going on, but if the trick works, then this might free your evening for your own Netflix binging sessions.

Netflix actually conducted a poll with the help of Ipsos Public Affairs that sampled over 7,000 parents across seven countries. The poll found that 61% of the parents surveyed complained about having to deal with creative bedtime stalling techniques, with parents having to spend more than 20 minutes negotiating their children’s surrender. Interestingly, 42% percent of kids use the “just five more minutes” tactic to avoid sleep.

Whether this is a sound long-term strategy for making your kids go to sleep is open for debate, but anything is worth trying at least once!

Chris Smith
Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.