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Snapchat Rolls out ‘Family Center’ Tool for Children Protection

Snapchat Rolls out ‘Family Center’ Tool for Children Protection

Tuesday, 16 August, 2022 - 05:45
Snapchat app is seen on a smartphone in this illustration taken, July 13, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Snapchat is introducing a new in-app tool to enable parents to get more insights on how their teenagers use Snapchat without compromising their children's privacy.

Family Centre will show parents their children’s friend list and who is communicating with them – but it will not show the content of conversations.

The opt-in tool will require a parent and child’s Snapchat accounts to be friends in order to connect and set up Family Centre, from which parents will also be able to confidentially report any accounts connected with their child that they have concerns about, according to the German News Agency.

“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,” Snapchat said in a blog post announcing the tool.

“To help develop Family Centre, we worked with families to understand the needs of both parents and teens, knowing that everyone’s approach to parenting and privacy is different.

The company also consulted with experts in online safety and wellbeing to incorporate their feedback and insights in creating a set of tools designed to reflect the dynamics of real-world relationships and foster collaboration and trust between parents and teens.

Snapchat also confirmed that it was publishing a new range of resources to help parents and children have open conservations about online safety and social media tools, and that it would continue to add more features to Family Centre over the coming months, including new content control tools for parents.

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