Parents' Guide to

Grom Social

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Good intentions for kid social network, poor execution.

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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

Super

Ich fand es richtig gut und verstehe nicht warum alle so etwas schlechtes über die App sagen.

Privacy Rating Warning

  • Unclear whether personal information is sold or rented to third parties.
  • Personal information is shared for third-party marketing.
  • Unclear whether this product displays personalised advertising.
  • Unclear whether data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
  • Unclear whether this product uses a user's information to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Unclear whether this product creates and uses data profiles for personalised advertisements.

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (1 ):

Despite the best of intentions for safety, this kids' social media app feels incomplete and full of flaws. Grom Social talks a good game about parent permissions, safety, and positivity, but there's little followthrough. The parent portal is a fantastic idea with the kind of granular controls many parents would love, but if kids can access those controls, what's the point? And then there's the irony of creating a "safe space" for kids and then filling it with advertising, especially ads that aren't even appropriate for kids. Even if that's not important to you, the user experience is shaky. The app crashes regularly, some features don't work, and there still isn't that much to do. Grom characters (largely made up of the family behind the app) do most of the talking, and not all of them seem to have a handle on what kids generally want to talk about. In some of the content, there's also some less-than-desirable messaging about girls, both in the virtual boyfriend chat game and the one about gym class. With better games, true privacy and parent control, and a more stable platform, this network could be a fun place for tweens to try their hands at social media.

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