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Snapchat: how to monitor what children do on the social network

Snapchat: how to monitor what children do on the social network

Snapchat will have its own parental control, although there is no release date yet (Photo: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic)
Snapchat will have its own parental control, although there is no release date yet (Photo: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic)

the popular app Snapchat is used to message and send temporary photos, the minimum age to use it is 13 yearsSince many users still do not comply with the legal majority in their countries, the company is already working on its own parental control.

The new feature is still in development and will be called Family Centernamely, Family Centerwill aim to enable families to review their children’s friendships within the app as well as the people with whom they have exchanged messages.

The tool was first announced in October 2021 during the conference of WSJ Tech Live for Evan Spigel, CEO of Snapchat.

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The application offers greater privacy compared to others, since its list of friends is not public (Photo: EFE/Carlos Durán)
The application offers greater privacy compared to others, since its list of friends is not public (Photo: EFE/Carlos Durán)

It should be noted that on Snapchat the lists of friends are not public as is the case with other social networks and it is a platform with greater content privacy, so This tool will ensure the safety of minors on the Internet.

The details of this tool were disclosed through the specialized portal TechCrunchthese are advances that came through the intelligence firm Watchful.

In this way, it is known that The Family Center tool will work with the prior consent of the minor in questionbecause the idea is that there is a conversation prior to its use and it is not an intrusive surveillance.

Once the teen son or daughter accepts the request for the new tool from their family member’s account, parents will be able to see who they have messaged with in the last seven days, but the content of the conversations will remain private.

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The new tool will better protect underage users
The new tool will better protect underage users

On the other hand, the minor user You will be able to more easily report any incident related to harassment or abuse against you. So far there is no fixed launch date for the Family Center, but it is estimated to be in the coming months of 2022.

A case was recently reported in which a 12-year-old girl who was the victim of explotting, she believed, because they had connected on Snapchat, that her photos and videos would disappear.

“There is not a child in the world who does not have this application”said the girl’s mother to Washington Post, “and yet an adult can correspond with them, manipulate them, over the course of many years, and the company does nothing. How does that happen?

The new tool would aim to protect adolescents from this type of abuse on social networks. This is not the only innovation of Snapchat, as it was recently announced that the application will let you share YouTube videos as stickers or stickers.

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For the application, No longer will you have to take a while to copy and paste the video url, because this feature is now available for systems Android and iOS.

Share YouTube videos on Snapchat.  (Photo: Downloadsource.com)
Share YouTube videos on Snapchat. (Photo: Downloadsource.com)

The video you share will be added as an additional item in the story you want to upload or Snap, and when some of the contacts and friends on Snapchat press the button below the video that says “YouTube”a tab will open that will take them directly to the video, either in the app or on the website.

On the other hand, on May 12, the creators of the Snapchat photo application expanded their range of devices and they launched a mini-flying camera. According to Evan Spiegel, the compact device, called Pixy, works with several preset flight programs and will help take selfie.

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