As young people spend more time on apps and social media, the risks also increase. Snapchat now offers more tools for parents as My AI restrictions have been improved.
Snapchat is now adding more features In the Family Center, which allows parents to see who teens ages 13 to 17 are talking to on Snapchat. It is also possible to report any issues confidentially and set content restrictions.
The following features are being added to Snapchat In the coming weeks:
- Vision in adolescent settings: View teen safety settings, many of which are set to the strictest level by default. Specifically, parents will now be able to see:
– Teenage story settings: Teens can share their story with their entire friend list or choose a smaller group of close friends and family members.
– Communication settings for teens: They can only be contacted by people who already have friends or their friends, as well as phone contacts.
-If your teen shares their location with friends on Snap Map: Snap Map allows Snapchat users to see where their friends are and what they are doing. Snapchat users must choose to enable the ability to share their location – they will only be able to use this feature with users who already have friends.
- AI parental control: Limit the ability of My AI, Snap's AI-powered chatbot, to respond to chats from teens. This feature builds on protections already built into My AI, including protection from inappropriate content, temporary usage restrictions in case Snapchatters repeatedly abuse the service, and age-sensitive responses by default.
- Easy access to the Family Center: Access Family Center directly from their profile by tapping the Bitmoji icon from the camera screen and searching for related terms like “security,” “family,” or “parents” and Family Center will appear.
Snapchat has worked closely with parents and online safety experts in the development of Family Center, and their expertise and feedback directly influenced the features announced today.
source: press release
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