Snapchat Introduces Family Centre

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New Snapchat feature which enables parents to gain an insight into their child’s use via new Family Centre Tool

As parents we know that the biggest arguments in our house usually centre on screen time. Add to this, social media channels that you don’t have access to, and the stress mounts. Who are they talking to, what are they saying, what are they sending and what are they receiving? Open communication channels are obviously key, but it would be nice to at least monitor at arms length wouldn’t it? Now, Snapchat has introduced a new feature called Family Centre which enables parents to see who their kids are friends with and when they are hanging out, but without being able to snoop on their private conversations.

The new tool requires the child’s account to consent to link to the parent/adult account and the Family Centre tool will then show who a child has been speaking to over the last week, and a list of their friends. But that is all.

Snapchat says, “Family Centre 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.”

Snapchat has had its critics but HQ is now making noises about online safety:

“On Family Centre, parents can also easily and confidentially report any accounts that may be concerning directly to our Trust and Safety teams, which work around the clock to help keep Snapchatters safe. We’re also equipping parents and teens with new resources to help them have constructive and open conversations about online safety.”

The autumn will also see additional features being added, including new content controls for parents and the ability for teens to notify their parents when they report an account or content to Snapchat.

For more tips on Snapchat, read this Parent’s Guide to Snapchat.

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