Snapchat released a new supervision tool this week that allows parents monitor kids’ messages without revealing information.
The “Family Center” portal, announced by Snap CEO Evan Spiegel last year and leaked in May, requires both adult and child to accept an invite.
Parents, guardians, or close relatives over 25 need a Snapchat account to start. Watch the company’s video tutorial (or ask your kid, since you’ll be online anyhow).
Once signed up, parents can visit Family Center via the camera’s Search Bar. Use “safety,” “family,” or “parent” to find the hub. Or visit the feature’s permanent home, your profile settings.
Now invite your teen. You must be friends with someone before inviting them to Family Center, so if your child declines, it’s useless. If you pass that first obstacle, check for relatives between 13 and 18 in a pre-populated list or by searching for Snapchatters.
Invitations are erased immediately after reading or within 24 hours, depending on your teen’s settings. So nudge them IRL to accept.
“These tools mirror the way parents engage with their teens in the real world,” the company said. Parents won’t be able to see or hear their teen’s private talks or Snaps.
Young users can see what their parents see on Family Center “so everyone’s on the same page,” according to Snap, which pledged to introduce more features “over the coming months.”
“With Family Center, you can view your teen’s friends list, see who they’ve been communicating with in the last seven days, [and] easily and confidentially report accounts you may be concerned about directly to our Trust and Safety Team,” the business claimed in a video.
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