I am 11 years old, and one of six children. My brothers, sisters, close friends, and I created a social networking site for young kids and teens. It's a place to chat, make new friends, learn interesting things, and play games. I started Grom Social in November of 2011. It has been hard work.
First, Grom Social took the place of the popular social networking site for me. My dad was never big on me joining the popular networking sites where kids are exposed to adult content, but all my friends had accounts. He would always say that I was too young, or it was not safe. He worried because there was no way for him to see what I was doing or who I was talking to. Time went on, and I turned eleven. I asked my dad, ''Hey Dad! Can I create a social networking account?'' He did not say anything. That night, my friend, Erika, told us that we can put a setting on the social networking site that would keep me private and safe. So, he said, ''Okay. Create an account.'' I had it for about a week, and I was addicted. I spent all my time on the computer chatting with friends. Then, I made mistakes. One of my adult friends cursed and posted something inappropriate, and I cursed back. Also, I friend-requested grown ups who I did not know. About a day later, my dad found out. He was really mad. I had to deactivate my account. Then, I was really mad.
Next, I began looking for a kid's social network that was safe and cool. I did not find any that looked interesting to me. They were all childish. So, I began thinking. That night, the idea came to me. I could create a social networking place for kids that was cool with sick graphics. I added a bad word filter and we do not allow adults to join unless they are friends or family. Adults need to be approved by the Grom Social member and the parent. The first thing it needed was a name. I am a surfer. A grom is a young up and coming surfer in the community. A Grom is also a promising young individual, who is quick to learn. I hoped that I could befriend other kids using the name Grom Social.
Finally, I have been building my site since Nov. 2011. I spend lots of time drawing new graphics, researching new games, fun facts, cool kids books, cool videos, nutrition tips and highlighting the best young up and coming athletes. It is coming along well. Kids seem to like my site, especially the Grom Helpers and the games. I am excited to watch it grow. I am proud of my efforts in making my idea a reality.
You should sign up now and check it out--www.gromsocial.com. A social networking site created by kids, for kids!