Social network site ‘GromSocial’ created by kids for kids
When eleven-year-old Zach Marks of Florida was banned from Facebook for the second time by his father, he then asked his mother if he would be able to create his own "safe" site for his friends and family to use.
This brought about the creation of GromSocial, a social networking site for the youth, that saw Zach nominated for inventor of the year by the Florida Inventors Society.
To create the site, Zach borrowed $2,500 from his older brother Luke, and four months later presented GromSocial to his father who was impressed by the level of sophistication and helped get the word out.
"After seeing Zach interacting on Facebook, with older kids and adults that were using language unsuitable for any child, I wanted to take control of the situation and eliminate my children's exposure to unprotected social platforms," said Zach's father Darren.
"Amazed by what Zach put together we began contacting schools in the area and passed out material promoting the GromSocial network and getting [sic] about 500 members overnight."
Grom is an Australian term often used for young surfers, with Zach defining the slang as a "promising young individual, who is quick to learn".
It's free for groms to join the website, with those aged over 16 also welcome to join the network too as 'adult' users.
The website covers a number of different topics including gaming, entertainment, health and fitness, action sports, school help and sports.
Mr Marks said that parental approval is an "integral part of the site" and is required before a child can start experiencing the many wonders of the social network.
"We built an environment that not only gives parents continued control but encourages safety and allows kids to be themselves," he said.
"We have anti-bullying, anti-drug and anti-smoking sections. Educational videos are available in the Grom tutorial section for grades 1-10, in addition to places where kids can comment on current events and of course games and entertainment.
He concluded that they wanted to create a "safe and secure place" that would benefit kids' lives, and going on parental feedback, the site seems to be doing just that.
Posted by April Revake.