Move Over Zuckerberg, there’s a New Social Media Site in Town

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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?

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Move Over Zuckerberg, there’s a New Social Media Site in Town

Deborah Cruz, @TruthfulMommy, is the creator of The TRUTH about Motherhood, an often humorous and brutally honest look at motherhood. She's a writer, a wife, and a work-at-home Mommy who's trying to do it all well. She live in the Midwest with her 2 little girls and her husband. She has a lot of degrees from a bunch of schools but mostly spends her days shuttling people under the age of 7, while trying to maintain her sanity and she wouldn't have it any other way. She talks a lot. She ... More

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4 comments

  1. Grace says:

    i have a 11 yr old nephew and i might look this up but at the same time he really does not get much online time because he procrastinates, chores and hw 1st

  2. not to be negative but it’s the internet. someone is gonna screw it up for everyone. i’m so worried about all thee weirdos out there and my baby isn’t even born yet.

  3. This is awesome! Good for that boy. I think this needed to happen and if it works like it’s supposed to, it is a great thing. I would let my son try this probably around age 11.

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