Saturday, 5 January 2013

Banned from Facebook, pre-teen creates own social network

A tech-savvy 11-year-old from Florida has developed a kid-friendly social network, after his parents banned him from logging onto Facebook, fearing that he was using the site inappropriately.

Zachary Marks had lied about his age when he signed up on the social network, which requires a user to be at least 13-years-old to set up an account.

According to NBC's 'Today,' looking for an outlet for his social media needs, the now 12-year-old boy rejected other kid-oriented networks, deeming them as "childish," the New York Daily News reported.

Instead, Marks turned to his five siblings and together they created Grom Social.

According to KDSK-TV, his father, Darren, quickly realised the potential of the kid-oriented network, which requires children to get parental consent before they sign up.

Darren registered Grom Social as a company back in March and since launching this fall, about 6,800 members have signed up on the website. The site now gets about 6,000 page views daily.


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