Snapchat update rolls out new features for teen safety

Snapchat will be rolling out new teen safety features to provide an age-appropriate experience.

| Updated on: Sep 08 2023, 14:19 IST
Now, you can Snapchat from the SKY! Check out Snapchat Pixy drone
Snapchat to introduce new teen safety feature.
1/5 Developers at Snap Inc call Pixy a camera and while this is true, Pixy drone also has all the regular features of a consumer drone. Weighing just 101 grams, Snap claims the drone’s battery can last anywhere between 6 to 8 flights. (Snap Inc.)
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2/5 According to Tech Radar, the Pixy drone can reach a maximum height of 30 ft. which can be pre-determined. The drone moves along four preset paths that are stored in its memory, keeping the camera focused on you. (Snap Inc.)
Snapchat to introduce new teen safety feature.
3/5 Although not the most technologically advanced, the Pixy drone is made for Snapchat enthusiasts. It works similar to Snap Spectacles and transmits photos and videos to Memories wirelessly. In terms of specs, Pixy has a 20MP sensor that shoots 12MP images and videos of 2.7k at 30 fps. (Snap Inc.)
Snapchat to introduce new teen safety feature.
4/5 However, one shortcoming is that you cannot control the drone via your phone and you cannot see the captured images or videos until they have been transmitted to your device. Snap told TechRadar, and you can export your photos and videos to platforms other than Snapchat. (Pixabay)
Snapchat to introduce new teen safety feature.
5/5 Snap also said that Pixy has a second camera and a sensor on the bottom that detects your hand for landing. It uses the camera on the front to take photos and video, but also to identify your face and body so it can track them for the photos and videos. (Snap Inc.)
Snapchat to introduce new teen safety feature.
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Snapchat to introduce new teen safety feature. (Pixabay)

Snapchat is a platform that includes diverse users who post various types of content in their feeds. Every teen uses social media apps nowadays including Snapchat, which exposes them to unacceptable adult content. Therefore, social media companies must develop policies that focus on teen safety and provide age-appropriate content. To keep the safety of youth in mind, Snapchat has announced new teen safety features and policies.

Snapchat new teen safety features

According to a report by Tech Crunch, Snapchat has been under scrutiny by U.S. senators ever since the app received a 13+ age rating. The experts believe that some content on the app is inappropriate for teens. Later the company faced serious allegations about the presence of content dealing with drugs and child exploitation. To take matters into hand, Snapchat has announced new features for teens between the ages of 13 to 17.

These features not only focus on providing age-appropriate experiences but also pay emphasis on online safety. Now, Snapchat will show in-app warnings when a minor on Snapchat adds a friend without mutual connections or contacts. The features aim to encourage teens to be more cautious about their friend choices on the app.

Snapchat has also rolled out a parents' guide on their website with a series of YouTube videos that explain thoroughly about the new feature. The app will now give parents a chance to take control of what their children are doing in the app.

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The blog post mentioned that “When a teen becomes friends with someone on Snapchat, we want to be confident it is someone they know in real life — such as a friend, family member, or other trusted person,”

The new feature requires users aged 13 to 17 will need to share a higher number of mutual friends with an account for it to appear in Search or as a friend suggestion. This prevents young users from making connections with strangers.

Additionally, Snapchat will have a strike system that will restrict inappropriate content for teens on Snap Stories and Spotlight where all the public content is available. Snap reported that the detected or reported inappropriate content will be immediately removed. Furthermore, the company will ban accounts that go against the rules.

Young users will also be provided with content that focuses on warning them about online risks and will provide hotlines for help. Snap in collaboration with The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) will inform its new features, and it has partnered with The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to develop educational resources for the app.

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First Published Date: 08 Sep, 11:49 IST
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