US pre-teen creates kid-friendly social network after parental Facebook ban

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 04, 2013 06:51 hrs

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 realized 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. (ANI)

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