Because Snapchat doesn't save pictures and messages, it’s really difficult - almost impossible actually - to monitor our kids’ activity and see what they’ve posted and received.
In 2022, Snapchat introduced Family Centre, a feature which allows parents to install the app on their own device and link their account to their teen’s. This allows the parent to keep abreast of which accounts their teen is engaging with and who they follow. However (sorry, last one!), parents still can't see or read their teen’s Snaps and messages. Family Centre also doesn’t allow any control over content on Discover, leaving teens open to content which is often inappropriate. Interestingly, while the app itself is 13+, Common Sense Media rates Snapchat as suitable for teens 16 and up, largely due to the exposure to age-inappropriate content and data collection.
Keeping phones out of bedrooms is a helpful strategy to reduce online risks in general and ensure our kids get a good night's sleep without the temptation of checking their social media in the wee small hours. (We all know how much time can be lost when we go down that rabbit hole!)
Snaps can be entertaining and funny and checking them out together could be a good way to connect with your teen. Ask them how it works. Young people relish the opportunity to teach their parents something. We can’t overstate the power of connection – in fact, it’s our greatest tool when it comes to influencing our kids.