Grom Social is a Social Networking Website for Children Alternate to Facebook.
Florida: Zachary Marks, an eleven year old boy from Florida, USA has created a social networking website for children. The website www.gromsocial.com is a social networking platform especially for children under 16 years of age. Before creating this, Zachary Marks had joined Facebook by falsifying his date of birth and indulged in illegal activities online. His parents discovered this and banned him from using Facebook.He was addicted to Facebook and accepted friends requests from others spending most of his time online. Since he could not find a suitable safe and cool social network site for children, he started to create his own and succeeded in setting up Grom Social with active help from his parents.
The website has two options to join, the Grom Profile for children under 16 years of age and Adult Profile for those who are above 16 years. Only parents and parent approved children can join the website. The parents are informed the kid’s activities online via email. There is a built in language filter to keep off offensive languages targeted to kids.
Darren and Sarah, the parents of Zachary Marks are actively involved with the new social network and they ensure that the website meets its strict standards. Children above 16 years must be approved by the parent or legal guardian to register with the website.
The website strictly adheres to Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act-1998 (COPPA) which prohibits collecting information from children under 13 years of age without their parent’s consent. This makes it difficult for children to become influenced by others during their online activities.
For many parents, children being exposed to Facebook, is always a concern because of the increasing usage of adult content and lesser security. Zachary Marks therefore wants other children to have fun with Grom Social and to make it a great social networking site for children. It has a simple video help section to guide the users on various activities. A separate section is provided to help the users with their school work.
Grom Social currently has over 7000 members and it gets more than 6000 page views per day.Therefore, in future many children will turn away from places like Facebook and find friends in Grom Social.