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12-yr-old creates new social network for kids

Last Updated: Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 15:26

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

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.

Marks said that members can`t curse or post inappropriate pictures.


First Published: Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 15:26

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