March 3, 2021

Teenager launches ‘Facebook’ for kids

WASHINGTON: Now teenage kids being blocked from using Facebook have another option to interact online- Grom Social.

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Grom Social is a social network just for kids, which has been created by 12-year-old Zach Marks.

Marks was just 11-years old when he tried to join Facebook.

Although he was forbidden to join, and Facebook’s minimum age requirement is 13-years-old, Marks successfully started two profiles.

Marks also admitted that he saw a lot of inappropriate content on the site.

After a family-friend found the pre-teen’s profile and reported back to his parents, Marks was told that if he wanted to join a social network, to make one of his own.

The 12-year-old, in interview with CBS, said that he created the entire social network, which now has about 14,500 members, with the help of his dad’s friend.

According to the report, Marks wants to coin the term ‘Grom,’ which is Australian surfer slang, to mean a promising young individual that wants to learn.

The way the social site works is that children must sign on with a parent.

Adults cannot join without a child either.