., click here to enter for a chance to win one of our many $50 gift cards we are giving away.

Learn more

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse varius enim in eros elementum tristique. Duis cursus, mi quis viverra ornare, eros dolor interdum nulla, ut commodo diam libero vitae erat. Aenean faucibus nibh et justo cursus id rutrum lorem imperdiet. Nunc ut sem vitae risus tristique posuere.

Hoop App: Earning Rewards to Meet Strangers

., you're logged in!
Enjoy this resource and share our programs with your school district to send these resources to your whole community
Tell Your School District About Our Program
., you're logged in!
Share this resource with a parent at .
., you're logged in!
Enjoy this demo pass. Click the button to share access with leaders in your school district (or visit our new sharing center)
Share Your Demo Pass With School District Leaders

Become a member or login to learn more on this topic

Superintendents, Directors and Principals: Request a partnership on this page to unlock our resources for your whole community.

What is the Hoop app?

  • You must log into Hoop with a valid Snapchat account. The Hoop app is built on the Snapchat platform (but is not owned by Snapchat)
  • Hoop users swipe through profiles to find new people to connect with on Snapchat
  • On each profile the Hoop user can either : push an “X” and go to the next profile or push the Snapchat icon to ask them to connect on Snapchat
  • The app is rated 12+ in the iOS App Store and “T” for teen in Google Play
  • Users only see potential matches in their age group
  • Adults can’t see profiles of users under 18 and teens can’t see adults
  • However, users can easily edit their age at any time to connect with strangers of all ages
  • Hoop users spend “Diamonds” to make new connections
  • You can earn extra Diamonds by sharing a Hoop referral code, rating the app on the App Store, taking surveys, adding Hoop profiles to Snapchat, and through other virtual tasks

Why should parents care about Hoop?

  • Since users can easily change their ages on the Hoop app, students could connect with strangers of all ages
  • Users are encouraged to log in every day and make as many connections as possible to earn more Diamonds, which could contribute to excessive screen time
  • Since users are encouraged to take surveys to earn Diamonds, there are also privacy concerns with sharing personal information

Login or join theVIP membership today to view all resources about the Hoop app!

Become a member or log in to learn more on this topic

Superintendents, Directors and Principals: Request a partnership on this page to unlock our resources for your whole community.
Quotation marks

This is great info, thanks for giving me some ideas on how to start a dialogue with my teen!

StarStarStarStarStar

Sharon M.

Parent VIP Member

Quotation marks

Josh's presentation about social media was unbelievably fantastic. Our students learned so much about what kids should and shouldn't be doing. The fact that it is such a thoughtful process made it all worthwhile.

StarStarStarStarStar

Director of College Advising

Educator Webinar Attendee

Quotation marks

This webinar is a very helpful eye-opener on the apps that are popular with my students.

StarStarStarStarStar

Irene C.

Educator Webinar Attendee

Hoop App: Earning Rewards to Meet Strangers

., you're logged in!
Enjoy this resource and share our programs with your school district to send these resources to your whole community
Tell Your School District About Our Program
., you're logged in!
Share this resource with a parent at .
., you're logged in!
Enjoy this demo pass. Click the button to share access with leaders in your school district (or visit our new sharing center)
Share Your Demo Pass With School District Leaders

The Hoop app makes it easier than ever for students to meet strangers on Snapchat. Users swipe through profiles on Hoop, just like on the popular adult dating app Tinder. If they like someone’s profile, they can ask to connect on Snapchat. All actual communication happens through Snapchat, and not on Hoop - but this popular new app still raises lots of red flags for young users.

Parent & educator training app

What is the Hoop app?

Hoop app screen shot showing woman's face with emojis
  • You must log into Hoop with a valid Snapchat account. The Hoop app is built on the Snapchat platform (but is not owned by Snapchat)
  • Hoop users swipe through profiles to find new people to connect with on Snapchat
  • On each profile the Hoop user can either : push an “X” and go to the next profile or push the Snapchat icon to ask them to connect on Snapchat
  • The app is rated 12+ in the iOS App Store and “T” for teen in Google Play
  • Users only see potential matches in their age group
  • Adults can’t see profiles of users under 18 and teens can’t see adults
  • However, users can easily edit their age at any time to connect with strangers of all ages
  • Hoop users spend “Diamonds” to make new connections
  • You can earn extra Diamonds by sharing a Hoop referral code, rating the app on the App Store, taking surveys, adding Hoop profiles to Snapchat, and through other virtual tasks

The Hoop app became one of the most downloaded apps for January 2020

Tech Crunch headline: How Hoop hit #2 with its Tinder for Snapchat
But then Hoop reveals its savvy virality and monetization strategy. Rather than being able to endlessly “swipe right” and approach people, Hoop limits your asks by making you spend its in-app “diamonds” currency to reach out. After about 10 requests to chat, you’ll have to earn more diamonds. TechCrunch

Why should parents care about Hoop?

  • Since users can easily change their ages on the Hoop app, students could connect with strangers of all ages
  • Users are encouraged to log in every day and make as many connections as possible to earn more Diamonds, which could contribute to excessive screen time
  • Since users are encouraged to take surveys to earn Diamonds, there are also privacy concerns with sharing personal information

What can parents do?

Hopp Screen shot showing Earn diamond options (Copy my link and Rate right now)
  • If your teen is using Hoop, have a discussion with them about the dangers of connecting with strangers
  • Explain to your children that sharing their information with people they don’t know in real life is never safe
  • Be aware of the app icons your student has on their phone and research the icons you don’t know to become familiar with them

Conclusion

The Hoop rewards young users for logging on every day, connecting with strangers, and for giving out personal information. Smart Social does not consider it a safe app for students. You can find age-appropriate apps in our Popular App Guide for Parents and Teachers.

Register for Smart Social's Snapchat Course for Parents

Logged in and still not seeing content? This course may not be part of
your membership plan. Click here to join.

Become a member or login to learn more on this topic

Superintendents, Directors and Principals: Request a partnership on this page to unlock our resources for your whole community.

What is the Hoop app?

  • You must log into Hoop with a valid Snapchat account. The Hoop app is built on the Snapchat platform (but is not owned by Snapchat)
  • Hoop users swipe through profiles to find new people to connect with on Snapchat
  • On each profile the Hoop user can either : push an “X” and go to the next profile or push the Snapchat icon to ask them to connect on Snapchat
  • The app is rated 12+ in the iOS App Store and “T” for teen in Google Play
  • Users only see potential matches in their age group
  • Adults can’t see profiles of users under 18 and teens can’t see adults
  • However, users can easily edit their age at any time to connect with strangers of all ages
  • Hoop users spend “Diamonds” to make new connections
  • You can earn extra Diamonds by sharing a Hoop referral code, rating the app on the App Store, taking surveys, adding Hoop profiles to Snapchat, and through other virtual tasks

Why should parents care about Hoop?

  • Since users can easily change their ages on the Hoop app, students could connect with strangers of all ages
  • Users are encouraged to log in every day and make as many connections as possible to earn more Diamonds, which could contribute to excessive screen time
  • Since users are encouraged to take surveys to earn Diamonds, there are also privacy concerns with sharing personal information

Login or join theVIP membership today to view all resources about the Hoop app!

Become a member or log in to learn more on this topic

Superintendents, Directors and Principals: Request a partnership on this page to unlock our resources for your whole community.
Quotation marks

This is great info, thanks for giving me some ideas on how to start a dialogue with my teen!

StarStarStarStarStar

Sharon M.

Parent VIP Member

Quotation marks

Josh's presentation about social media was unbelievably fantastic. Our students learned so much about what kids should and shouldn't be doing. The fact that it is such a thoughtful process made it all worthwhile.

StarStarStarStarStar

Director of College Advising

Educator Webinar Attendee

Quotation marks

This webinar is a very helpful eye-opener on the apps that are popular with my students.

StarStarStarStarStar

Irene C.

Educator Webinar Attendee

Learn more

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse varius enim in eros elementum tristique. Duis cursus, mi quis viverra ornare, eros dolor interdum nulla, ut commodo diam libero vitae erat. Aenean faucibus nibh et justo cursus id rutrum lorem imperdiet. Nunc ut sem vitae risus tristique posuere.

Join Our Next Live Parent Q&A Events

Apr
23

How screen time is making kids less motivated (and what parents can do about it)

Afternoon Session: 1:30 pm Pacific, 4:30 pm Eastern

Register Here
Apr
23

How screen time is making kids less motivated (and what parents can do about it)

Evening Session - 5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern

Register Here
Apr
24

How screen time is making kids less motivated (and what parents can do about it)

Evening Event: 5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern

Register Here

Watch a replay of our recent event:

Each of our monthly events feature real student voices, expert tips and practical advice that makes parents the most informed parent on the block

Become a Very Informed Parent (VIP) to get our social media suggestions in your email every Tuesday & Thursday.

Dotted arrow to right
Learn about our
"Very Informed Parent" 
VIP Program
Right arrow
Josh Ochs headshot Round

Schools & Districts: Partner with us to protect your community online

Our remote presentations (and website) teaches over a million students each year how to shine online. We teach students how their accounts can be used to create a portfolio of positive accomplishments that impress colleges and employers.

Partner with SmartSocial.com
Right arrow
SmartSocial podcast logo
Join Our Smart Social Podcast
each week on iTunes

With over 240 episodes, Josh Ochs interviews psychologists, therapists, counselors, teachers, and parents while showing you how to navigate social media to someday shine online.

Listen on: