Move Over Zuckerberg, there’s a New Social Media Site in Town
It's quite possible Mark Zuckerberg has competition from a 12-year-old boy from Florida in the form of a social media network designed just for kids, by a kid!
Last year, a then 11 year-old Zach Marks convinced his father, Darren Marks, for a Facebook page of his own, and he got one. But, after Zach had friended over 600 people – many who were adults – he was seeing things and saying things that he shouldn’t at his young age. His father found out that Zach was using Facebook inappropriately and took him off the site.
That is when the tech-savvy tween sat down at the kitchen table with his siblings and came up with the first ever social network for kids by kids.
Enter, GromSocial.com. What is a “grom”, you ask? According to the website, a “grom” is a promising young individual, who is quick to learn. Sounds pretty good to this mom!
So what makes this site safe for your child?
So what makes this site safe for your child? The site requires parental consent and has language filters blocking out content not suitable for children. Also, parents have final say over who their child can friend and who can friend them and parents receive a report card every 2 -3 weeks outlining who the kid is communicating with, topics of interest and a chat history. Best of all, all members over 16-years-old will be marked adult and the only way they can join the site is by approval of an existing child’s parent. How awesome is that?
Finally, a social network that you can let your tween socialize on without worrying about them seeing half-naked pictures of cousin Lucy or the neighbor’s status update saying that he loves guns and wants to shoot anyone who steps in his yard.
I’m not a huge advocate for mixing children and social media but it’s nice to know that there is a safe alternative to Facebook and Twitter made just for kids by kids.
Would you allow your tween to use this network as an introduction to safe social media?