After his parents banned him from Facebook because he was too young, Zach Marks, 12, decided to create his own social network for kids. With the help of his siblings, he launched Grom Social last year. Grom is surfer speak for young surfer, which is what Zach is. He and his five brothers and sisters are in charge of the creative side of the site such as the characters and content, while their parents handle the business and legal aspects which include complying with COPPA safety requirements.
Grom Social currently has almost 7,000 members around the world. Kids need to have their parents’ permission before they can sign up for the site, and every two weeks parents get a “report card” that details their child’s activity, chat history, and friends. More than just a social network, Grom Social also focuses on topics like anti-bullying and sports.
Not surprisingly, Zach says the tech entrepreneur he looks up to is Mark Zuckerberg.