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Snapchat’s recent feature lets parents see who their children are messaging

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Snapchat has announced a recent tool so parents can see who their child is talking to.

The Family Centre will show parents their children’s friend list and who’s communicating with them, but not what’s being sent.

The opt-in tool would require a parent and child’s Snapchat accounts to be friends in an effort to connect and arrange Family Centre.

Parents will then have the opportunity to confidentially report any accounts connected with their child that they’ve concerns about.

“Family Centre is designed to reflect the way in which that folks engage with their teens in the true world, where parents normally know who their teens are friends with and after they are hanging out – but don’t snoop on their private conversations,” Snapchat said in a blog post announcing the tool.

“To assist develop Family Centre, we worked with families to know the needs of each parents and youths, knowing that everybody’s approach to parenting and privacy is different.

“We also consulted with experts in online safety and wellbeing to include their feedback and insights. Our goal was to create a set of tools designed to reflect the dynamics of real-world relationships and foster collaboration and trust between parents and youths.”

The Family Centre will enable parents to get more insights on how their teenager uses Snapchat. (Snap)

Snapchat also confirmed that it was publishing a recent range of resources to assist parents and youngsters have open conservations about online safety, and that it could proceed so as to add more features to Family Centre over the approaching months, including recent content control tools for fogeys.

“Our goal is to assist empower parents and youths in a way that also protects an adolescent’s autonomy and privacy. We stay up for continuing to work closely with families and online safety experts to maintain improving Family Centre over time,” Snapchat’s blog post said.

Other social media firms resembling Instagram have also been releasing more parental controls.

Parents can oversee their child’s profile, set day by day use limits and see who they follow and who follows them.

Additional reporting by PA

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