"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
YORK DAILY NEWS AND YAHOO NEWS.
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
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
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