A 12-year-old boy from Florida has helped design GromSocial, a social network for fellow kids, after he was banned from Facebook by his parents.
Zachary Marks went behind his parents’ backs when he was 11 years old and created a Facebook account to play games.
After his parents discovered what he did, he was forbidden to ever use his Facebook account again.
Left with no social network to play on, Zachary and his siblings made GromSocial.
According to his father, Darren Marks, they let Zachary and his five other brothers and sisters take care of the creative aspect of GromSocial.
Darren, together with wife Sarah, take care of the backend of the site.
As a social network for kids, GromSocial is kept safe by the husband and wife team meaning the site is maintained to fulfill safety prerequisites detailed by the Federal Trade Commission’s Children Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
Furthermore, the Electronic Trust Foundation gives GromSocial an “A” mark for privacy and security.
Darren, who also helms a food and energy drink company in South Florida, has sunk tens of thousands of dollars into GromSocial along with other investors.
However, he says that the site’s goal for now is not to make money.
GromSocial was launched about three months ago and lists a modest 2,000 unique visitors a day.