For parents wishing to have more visibility into their teenage kids’ social media activity, the new Parental Controls for Snapchat is a useful blessing. Configurable through the Privacy Controls setting, parents or guardians can use this feature to see who their kids are chatting with in the app and control their exposure.
How to enable Parental Controls for Snapchat via Family Center
Parental Controls for Snapchat is a part of a larger group – Family Center, designed to promote a safe experience online and foster collaboration and trust between parents and teens. Getting started with it isn’t so hard. Just follow the list of instructions given below
You’ll need two Snapchat accounts. One for the user and another for the guardian or parents.
- Access Family Center either through Search Bar or Profile Settings.
- The guardian or Parent will need to invite their teen to join the Family Center.
- Select a profile from the list.
- Send an invitation through direct chat.
- Wait for their response.
- View your teen’s friends or check out who they are talking to.
- Report abuse, if needed.
Note that only teens between the ages of 13-18 are allowed to join.
Can Snapchat be monitored by parents?
Yes! If you are a parent or guardian, you can view your teen’s activity on the Snapchat platform. All you’ll need to do is create an active Snapchat account to connect your teen to the Family Center.
If you don’t have an account, download the app and signup by entering all the relevant information as prompted.
Access Family Center. There are two ways for this.
- Search bar – located in the top-left corner of the Camera screen i.e., the main screen the app opens to. Enter the relevant term such as family or parent and wait for the Family Center option to appear.
- Profile Settings – Tap your profile icon and choose the cog-wheel icon. Then, scroll down to the Privacy Control section to locate the Family Center entry under it. Just tap the entry to expand it.
Select your teen from the pre-populated list or search for him/her to send an invitation to join the Family Center. Make sure you’re already friends on Snapchat.
You can also remind them in person to accept the invite.
Once done, the Family Center status will turn active and you can see your teen’s friends, find who they’re having a conversation with or report any abuse confidentially to the Trust & Safety team.
Lastly, Family Center enables controlled supervision without revealing any actual content of the conversation. So, parents can’t see or hear their teen’s everyday personal or private communications. Also, kids can get a mirror view of what their parents see in the Family Center.
Other social-networking sites already support more expansive parental controls compared with what’s available under Snapchat Family Center.
For example, Instagram supports time limits set by parents alongside other controls. Nevertheless, it’s a good start and shows that Snapchat remains committed to creating effective and thoughtful approaches to making sure the service is as safe as possible for its community.