Snapchat, a mobile messaging app used to share photos, videos and text, announced on Tuesday a new in-app tool for parents to get more insight into who their teens are communicating with.
‘Family Center’ will help parents get more insight into who their teens are friends with on Snapchat, and who they have been communicating with, without revealing any of the substance of those conversations.
“Family Center is designed to reflect the way that parents engage with their teens in the real world, where parents usually know who their teens are friends with and when they are hanging out – but don’t eavesdrop on their private conversations. In the coming weeks, we will add a new feature that will allow parents to easily view new friends their teens have added,” said the company online.
Through the Family Center, parents can also easily and confidently report any accounts that may be concerning directly to the Trust and Safety teams, “which work around the clock to help keep Snapchatters safe.”
This fall, the company plans on adding additional features to Family Center, including new content controls for parents and the ability for teens to notify their parents when they report an account or a piece of content to us.
“Our goal is to help empower parents and teens in a way that still protects a teenager’s autonomy and privacy. We look forward to continuing to work closely with families and online safety experts to keep improving Family Center over time. To learn more about Family Center and about how we’re working to keep teens safe on Snapchat, check out this Parent’s Guide to Snapchat.”
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