Snapchat Family Center | Parent’s Guide to Snapchat for Teenagers

Introducing Family Center on Snapchat

What is Snapchat’s Family Center and how will it help families with teenagers?

If you are a parent of teenagers you will probably already know Snapchat is a central communication tool for young people.  Parents usually know who their teens are friends with and when they are hanging out – but don’t eavesdrop on their private conversations. Family Center is designed to reflect the way that parents engage with their teens in the real world.

The new in-app tool will help parents get more insight into who their teens are friends with on Snapchat, and who they have been communicating with, without revealing any of the substance of those conversations.

On Family Center, parents can easily and confidentially report any accounts that may be concerning directly to Snapchat’s Trust and Safety teams, which work around the clock to help keep Snapchatters safe. Parents and teens will also be equipped with new resources to help them have constructive and open conversations about online safety.

In the coming weeks, Snapchat will also add a new feature that will allow parents to easily view new friends their teens have added. Other additional features to Family Center will include new content controls for parents and the ability for teens to notify their parents when they report an account or a piece of inappropriate content to Snapchat.

Some of Snapchat’s features:

  • Snapchat opens directly to a Camera, not a feed of endless content.
  • Snapchat is focused on connecting people who are already friends in real life.
  • By default, teens have to be mutual friends before they can start communicating with each other.
  • Friend lists are private, and they don’t allow teens to have public profiles.
  • Protections are in place to make it harder for strangers to find teens. For example, teens only show up as a “suggested friend” or in search results in limited instances, like if they have mutual friends in common.
  • Snapchatters are able to genuinely express themselves and have fun with their friends in the same way they would if they were hanging out in person—without the pressure to grow a following, gain views, or earn likes.

Watch the Snapchat insight video below:

Snapchat’s goal is to help empower parents and teens in a way that still protects a teenager’s autonomy and privacy. They plan to continue to work closely with families and online safety experts to keep improving Family Center over time. To learn more about Family Center and about how they’re working to keep teens safe on Snapchat, read the guide below.


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For more information and all enquiries please visit the Snap website.  

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

Image Source: Snap Inc


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