Eleven Year Old Launches Safe Social Network For Kids

"Zach Marks…The Next Zuckerberg..." - Huffington Post 
Gromsocial.com Created by Kids for Kids 
NEW YORK, Jan. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - What happens when an 11 year old is banned 
from Facebook twice? 
Well if you are 11-year-old Zach Marks with an I.Q. of 147, who has been 
nominated for inventor of the year by the Florida Inventors Society, you go 
out and create your own social network – GromSocial (www.gromsocial.com). 
Zach, who is now 12, is the second oldest of 6 children ranging in ages from 1 
to 14. He hails from Melbourne Beach, Florida from a family known for 
producing nationally ranked surfers and has caused a bit of a viral wave for 
himself. After being banned from Facebook by his father for the second time, 
Zach asked his mother if it would be alright if he made his own "safe" site 
for his friends and siblings to use. After getting permission, Zach borrowed 
$2,500 from his older brother Luke to create the site. Four months later when 
he presented the creation to his father for the first time, his father was so 
impressed by the level of sophistication that Zach had produced, that the 
family then rolled up their sleeves and pitched in to get the word out. 
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"After seeing Zach interacting on Facebook, with older kids and adults that 
were using language unsuitable for any child, I wanted to take control of the 
situation and eliminate my children's exposure to unprotected social 
platforms. Amazed by what Zach put together we began contacting schools in the 
area and passed out material promoting the GromSocial network and getting 
about 500 members overnight," stated Zach's father Darren Marks. 
"Parental approval is an integral part of the site and is required before a 
child can begin experiencing the many wonders of the site. We built an 
environment that not only gives parents continued control but encourages 
safety and allows kids to be themselves. We have anti-bullying, anti-drug and 
anti-smoking sections. Educational videos are available in the Grom tutorial 
section for grades 1-10, in addition to places where kids can comment on 
current events and of course games and entertainment. We wanted to create a 
safe and secure place that benefits kids' lives and we are hearing back from 
parents that it is doing just that," concluded Marks. Click Here to Join with 
our registration page. 
GromSocial, which has grown organically, has seen significant traction and the 
family has begun getting calls from local media which landed Zach on the cover 
of FLORIDA TODAY and the local FOX-TV affiliate which garnered syndication 
from such publications like USA TODAY, HUFFINGTON POST, RADAR ON LINE, NEW 
Recognizing the opportunity ahead, GromSocial set out to find a strategic 
partner with the expertise and experience to assist it in managing the viral 
media blitz the site was to encounter. Such a partnership was formed with Mark 
Arzoomanian, Chairman and CEO, and Anthony Sirabella, President and Chief 
Technology Officer, who are experts in the field of Technology Solutions 
servicing firms worldwide across Media, Entertainment, Financial Services, 
Insurance, Legal, and Energy verticals. The first order of business together 
was to ensure the site could handle the anticipated increase in traffic. 
Today, there are over 25,000 plus visitors to the site daily coming from 
China, India, Indonesia, Australia, Russia, Europe and the US. 
Visitors are quickly converted into "Gromers" a term coined on the site by 
kids after a few short visits. The word Grom is an Australian slang term for a 
young surfer which Zach translated into "a promising young kid, who is quick 
to learn". 
The site continues to get acclaim from parents and industry leaders alike. 
Here is what people are saying ... 
"Parental involvement, even with safeguards put in place for GromSocial, is 
key," says Caroline Knorr, Parenting Editor at Common Sense Media, a San 
Francisco-based nonprofit organization that advocates on child and family 
issues, and studies the effects that media and technology have on young users. 
"GromSocial," Knorr said, "seems to be on the right track with its goals. 
Social networking is a fun way for kids to interact with friends, and a great 
way to express creativity, learn new things, and safely experiment with 
identity," Knorr said. "Some parents may want to let their kids start 
connecting with friends in this way but have legitimate concerns about privacy 
and age-inappropriate content on mainstream sites like Facebook and Twitter. 
That's the space that these kid-friendly sites with strong privacy and safety 
features can fill." 
"Great idea!!! I just signed my three boys up for it and I am helping spread 
the word to all my friends on Facebook with kids. Let's get the kids off 
Facebook and onto GromSocial!!" – Parent of a GromSocial member 
For more information on Zach Marks and GromSocial please log onto 
Lauren Sachs
Big Machine Agency
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