Snapchat on Tuesday launched a new in-app tool that let parents see who their kids are chatting with. Kids will also be able to see how their parents see them trough the Snapchat Family Center feature. This special feature has been launched in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand along with other countries soon. With the help of the new feature, parents will be able to see the friends list of their parents.
The feature will tell parents which accounts the children are communicating with within the past one week. With the help of this special feature, parents will be able to report suspicious accounts to Snapchat even if they suspect something wrong. The family center is designed to reflect how parents engage with their teens in the real world, where parents generally know who their teens are friends with and roaming outside, the company said in a statement.
Both the parent-child must accept the Family Center invitation before the monitoring tool can take effect. Once the invitation is accepted, parents can view the child’s friend list with a list of account they have interacted with in the last seven days. Unlike Instagram’s family Center, Snapchat’s tool won’t allow parents to set a time limit for kids to use the app or how long they’ve been active on the platform. However, Snapchat will add similar features in the near future with more parental control over the content.
Our family Center feature will help parents find out more about who their teens are friends with on Snapchat, said Katherine Carter, Snap’s APAC general manager, in fostering positive conservations about online safety within families, help, while respecting the privacy and autonomy of teens. Our goal was to create a set of tools designed to foster collaboration trust between parent-teens to reflect the dynamics of real-world relationships, said snap team.