Snapchat Officially Rolls Out Parental Controls for Teens

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Aug 09, 2022

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The “Family Center” feature, launched on Monday, will require parents and guardians to install the Snapchat app on their devices.

Family Center

Snapchat is joining a list of tech giants such as Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube, who have introduced parental control tools. The social network announced its first feature that will allow potentially lower the exposure of its young users to harmful content.

Snapchat says that with the new Family Center feature, parents can see who their teenagers are friends with. They will also have access to the people their wards communicated with within seven days.

However, the “central communications tool” will not reveal the content of any chats to the monitoring parents.

How it Works?

The new tool allows parents to monitor interactions, but they are not privy to the actual chats. Snapchat says it modeled this to mirror real-life situations. 

“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,” it said in a blog post.

Furthermore, concerned parents can “easily and confidentially” report suspicious accounts to the popular platform’s Trust and Safety team.

Snapchat plans to roll out new features to Family Center in the fall.

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Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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