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Snapchat unveils parental controls for teen safety

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On Tuesday, Snapchat unveiled parental controls that will allow parents to take a more active role in their children’s safety while they use the app.
The rollout called Family Center, promises to give parents more information on who their teenagers are communicating with on the messaging app.
While it will provide the identity of the person their teen is speaking with, it will not divulge the contents of the conversations.

“Family Center is designed to reflect the way that parents engage with their teens in the real world, where parents usually know who their teens are friends with and when they are hanging out — but don’t eavesdrop on their private conversations,” the company said.

In order to have access to the account, parents must create their own accounts and the teens must opt-in to give permission for their parents to use the feature.
The Senate Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection, a Facebook whistler blower, and several parents raised concerns about how social media apps put their children at risk.
Snapchat told Congress that they were working on controls that would allow parents to keep their teens safe.
While this is the app’s first attempt at parental controls, they do have other features aimed at keep teens safe.
The app requires teens to have mutual friends with a person before they can start communicating with each other. The app also does not allow teens to have public profiles.