Snapchat is preparing to introduce a new parental control feature called Family Center.
This feature allows parents to see who their teen’s friends are via the app, who they’ve been messaging with in the past seven days, and more, according to Arab Gateway for Technical News.
Snap CEO Evan Spiegel first advertised the feature in October. He explained that he gives parents a better insight into how teenagers use the service, with the hope of making them feel more comfortable with the application.
The new Family Center feature allows parents to see who their child’s friends are via the app. This feature is useful for parents because Snapchat friend lists aren’t public, unlike many social network.
Parents also see the people their child has been talking to in the past seven days, but not the content of those conversations. Parents will also be able to help their children report abuse and harassment if needed.
The Parental Control feature works by allowing parents to invite their teen to the new Family Center within the app to start monitoring. The recipient of the invitation has the option to accept or decline the invitation.
This approach is suitable for parental control involving adolescents, in how much it respects their privacy. Rather than allowing parents to spy on their teen children, this approach ensures that both the parents and the child are aware of parental controls.
The latest platforms
Interestingly, Snapchat is one of the latest platforms of social media to offer parental controls, although it is seeing massive use among younger users.
Other great platforms socialTikTok, YouTube, and Instagram, had previously launched parental control features and other age-appropriate experiences for younger users.
Snapchat now reaches over 75% of young people between the ages of 13 and 34 in more than 20 countries.
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