Snapchat rolled out its new feature, known as Family Center, that allows parents to gain better visibility into how their teens used the social networking app.
The launch follows similar parental control features across other apps favored by teens, including Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube. To use the “Family Center” feature, parents or guardians will need to install the Snapchat app on their own device in order to link their accounts to their teens through an opt-in invite process.
Parents will be able to see which accounts the teen is having conversations with on the app over the past seven days, without being able to view the content of those messages. They’ll also be able to view the teen’s friend list and report potential abuse to Snap’s Trust & Safety team for review.
Last June, Instagram provided parents with a new feature, labeled ‘gaslighting’, to monitor what their teens are doing, and who they are interacting with.
The company announced that parents will have more control to supervise and limit their teens’ time on both Instagram and its Oculus Quest virtual reality headsets.
Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri told “CBS Mornings” that as a father himself, he wants Instagram to lead on teen safety online.
“As a dad and as someone who’s talked to a lot of experts around the world, we believe that parents know what’s best for their children. What I’m most excited about is providing more tools for parents to shape their children’s experience on Instagram and on Quest VR into what’s best for their teen, for their child,” he said.