Hoop App: Earning Rewards to Meet Strangers

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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

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This app is listed in the SmartSocial.com Green Zone.
This app is not safe for students to use unsupervised, but a Green Zone app can serve a positive purpose to help a student to navigate social media and someday build an online brand. Read more below to find out why this app is in the Green Zone.

This app is listed in the SmartSocial.com Gray Zone.
Gray Zone apps often contain lots of private & disappearing messages, and strangers can use this to chat with students. Parents should participate in these apps with students to keep them safe. This zone can be a great place for family time since many of these apps can be entertaining, and let your students express themselves. Read more below to find out why this app is in the Gray Zone.

This app is listed in the SmartSocial.com Red Zone.
Red Zone apps often have lots of anonymous features, adult content, and easy contact with strangers. Supervision is strongly suggested on each of these apps or move your kids to a safer zone. All apps require parental supervision, these apps more than others. Read more below to find out why this app is in the Red Zone or view our list of 100+ Apps to find a safer app with your student.
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This trend is categorized as a Dangerous Social Media Challenge.
Viral challenges encourage students to do dangerous things to garner likes, views, attention, and subscribers. These challenges can be found across several social networks and may encourage students to perform dangerous activities. SmartSocial.com keeps parents updated on these social media challenges before an incident may occur in your community.

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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.

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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.

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