Protect the Children!


Do you have a password protected post or page that has child (and grandchild) pages? Currently, you have to password protect each of these pages individually but, with this simple and efficient plugin, you can automatically password protect a page and all of it’s children automatically with the click of a button.

Once you choose the ‘Visibility’ option on a post and update it to ‘Password Protected’, you will be given a checkbox where you can opt into protecting all of that post’s children and grandchildren.



  • Before changing to 'Password Protected'
  • After changing to 'Password Protected' (note the checkbox directly above the Publish button)
  • Admin screen for child post when being protected by parent


  1. Upload the plugin files to the /wp-content/plugins/protect-the-children directory, or install the plugin through the WordPress plugins screen directly.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ screen in WordPress
  3. On any post or page, click ‘Edit’ next to Visibility, change the post to ‘Password Protected’ and an optional checkbox to turn on protection of that page’s children will appear.


Pure and simple

A simple plugin for a simple task. Works as intended, and quick responses and fixes in the support forum.

It Works!

This plugin is exactly what I needed and they delivered. Does exactly as advertised.

Performs as advertised

I tried this out and it worked very nicely. I however decided to do something else entirely for my project. Nevertheless, this is a handy plugin to keep in mind.
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Contributors & Developers

“Protect the Children!” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Bug fix for password protection input on child and grandchild posts


  • Support for password protection of grandchildren/nested child posts
  • Additional display on the post list screen to specify protected child posts


  • Performance improvements
  • Bug fix for parent post link


  • Child post displays password protected status in admin when its parent is protecting children.
  • Misc code cleanup


  • All posts (parent and children) are now unlocked by entering the password on one of those protected pages.


  • Tested and confirmed compatibility for PHP 7.2
  • Tested and confirmed compatbility with WordPress 4.9.4
  • Removed support for PHP versions lower than 5.6


  • The initial public release!