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    Snapchat Launches Parental Controls to Help Manage Teens' Social Media Use

    Snap Inc on Tuesday rolled out its latest feature offering first parental control tools to its users on the popular messaging platform. The new feature will allow parents to see who their teenage kids are talking to. However, the feature will not allow parents to go through the content of their conversations.

    The teens will also get to see if their parents see them via Snapchat. The new feature, called 'Family Center', has been rolled out in the US, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, with other countries to follow soon.

    The 'Family Center' feature will let parents and guardians see their kids' friends list on Snapchat and also the accounts they have been communicating with within the past week. The feature will allow parents to directly report suspicious accounts on the instant-messaging platform.

    "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 a statement.

    Parents can invite their teens to join ‘Family Center’ on Snapchat, and once the teens consent, parents will be able to view their kids’ friends list and who they have messaged on the app in the past seven days.

    Snap’s new tools follow a similar move by Instagram, which launched its 'Family Center' in March, allowing parents to view what accounts their teens follow and how much time they spend on the app.

    Unlike Instagram's 'Family Center,' Snapchat's tool will not allow parents to set time limits for kids to use the app or how long they have been active on the platform.

    Furthermore, Snap said it plans to launch additional features in the coming months, including notifications to parents when their teen reports abuse from a user on the platform.

    Prior to ‘Family Center’, the tech giant already had some teen protection policies in place. By default, profiles for Snapchat users under 18 are private, and they only show up as a suggested friend in search results when they have friends in common with another user. Users must be at least 13 years old to sign up.

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