Parents' Guide to

Grom Social

By Polly Conway, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Social network for kids, by kids, is safe but flawed.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this website.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 6+

Amazing Site

This Social Media is great. My home-schooled child has made many friends, some from all over the world. The education they receive may not be book smart, but this site teaches them how to be a better and responsible person especially online! I have no idea why it is rated so low. The site is the only I have found that is monitored 24/7 and allows check using my parent pin and see all the activity that my child does online. It is so secure and is a good place for kids to spread their wings. I am so glad I found this site and so is my child. I really love the no bully stance and my child loves reading all the articles, playing the games and chatting with her friends online!
age 6+

Grom Social - A grandparent perspective

The Grom Social website is a safe, fun, adventurous website for children from 6 to 16 years of age. The site promotes no bullying, no cussing and is monitored 24/7. My wife and I are not sure why the site was not rated on those qualities. Grandparents (like my wife and I) want a site that is safe for our grandchildren. One that promotes their positive development while being fun and educational. Unfortunately, the Common Sense Media evaluation appeared to focus on the "sexism" of girl avatars. This omitted the equally important criteria of safety and learning. Perhaps a more objective review (non-feminist reviewers) would present the Grom Social website as the fun, educational, user friendly and safe environment that the site is intended to be. Thanks for listening.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

The design is pretty in-your-face and almost too colorful. Kids probably won't bat an eye, but its appearance is pretty unappealing to adults. It's marketed as being for kids age 5-15, but it's difficult to imagine any good reasons for a 5-year-old to frequent a social network, no matter how many activities are available there.

The site is a family's pet project, and it's apparent. Lots of content is by founder Zach Marks, who is now 13 years old. Though his contributions are fine, more contributors would round out the site. There's a nice selection of DIY-themed videos, which teach you things like how to make your own greenhouse or build a skateboard, but they're difficult to find. There's only one parent comment, which is anonymous; some feedback from other sources would make the site feel more legitimate.

The cartoon images of both a female child and a midriff-baring mom are more sexualized than one might expect, and the link to a "sexy abs" video, which appears when you click "Exercise for Girls 10 and Up", is inexcusable. This kind of ignorance holds back Grom Social.

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