Before the Internet and social networks, children were bullied at a bus stop during a break or lunch break. But when they returned home, the intimidation ceased. With the advent and rapid development of technology bullying have become cyberspace – from classroom to any place at any time.
Social media is here to stay, and their growth is exponential. Parents may not know which applications their children use regularly or which sites they use. But the most worrying thing is that the online world we know every day is not safe for children. Although applications like Kik Messenger, WeChat, Sarahah and ChatRoulette began with good intentions, they became a dangerous zone for young children, turning them into people who exploit children for their naivety and immaturity.
When one world closes, another opens
It’s no secret that platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are not meant for children. Hell, Mark Zuckerberg himself, does not even allow his children, because he understands the world in which the platform is located – those who engage in digital violence and reflect low digital citizenship.
But what if there was a world for children and unique children? We’ve heard about social networks designed exclusively for children, such as Club Penguin, Togetherville, Everloop and Scuttlepad; but for some reason these platforms did not resonate with the children. The question is, why?
“Almost every child’s social networking site was created by the mother or father, who thinks he understands what the children love,” said Zak Marks, founder of GromSocial, a social network for children. The signs expelled from Facebook by his parents at the age of 11, could not find a platform for “connection” and “feel at home.”
Six years later, Mark’s vision, with the help of his family and five siblings, singled out GromSocial, a multi-level social network for children that can connect with any child, as if he or she were a new best friend. The Australian name “Thunder” refers to “young surfers”.
A network created for children by children
Today, the technology is here to stay. Despite all these other alternatives, nothing has changed when it comes to a place or measure that really minimizes the risk that children are being harassed online or exposed to online predators.
“I wanted to change this when I was 11 years old, all I knew was that I wanted to create a cool and fun site for children, children, where I could be a part,” Marx said. This is our motto from the first day. It is about creating a safe environment for children.
Training discs for Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram
Think about the fact that these young children are jumping on platforms of social networks, people of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs. They are not ready for the realities of this world and can not wait for it. Instead, a network designed to bring these children to good digital citizenship seems to be the only acceptable way to prevent future bullying and protect these children. “Think of this as a training wheel for platforms such as Facebook,” said Marx.
But the wheels only guide the driver, you have to make sure that the structure that he wears is just as strong. Children love to play online and go to the world where they can be anyone and do anything. What they do not understand is all that is possible in the physical world.
“We try to balance these children, we do not want them to be on GromSocial 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – we want them to connect, have fun, talk with friends, watch cool videos and play games, but we also we want them to go out and lead a healthy and active life.
– Zach Marks, founder of GromSocial
We have seen cases such as David Molak, Grace McComas and Conrad Roy III, who were the victims of cyberbullying, which inevitably led to their death. Today it is easy to break the human mind in an online world where a person can be on the other side of the world. Unlike many others, the Marks platform teaches these children to build their self-confidence and does not give fundamental comments.
When these children are 16 or 17 years old, they can be ready for a Facebook-like platform because they have already experienced some aspects of social networks that they may not have been exposed to by simply becoming a member of the Facebook Community or Instagram was.