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Hoop.

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Gimmicky tool for connecting with Snapchatting strangers.

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Educational Value

This app is not intended for educational use.

Ease of Play

Very intuitive to navigate.

Violence

Potential to encounter violent images.

Sex

Potential to encounter explicit photos.

Language

Potential to encounter offensive language.

Consumerism

Earn and collect diamonds through app use and taking surveys, which often collect user data.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Potential to encounter drinking, drugs, and smoking in images or descriptions.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hoop. is an app that connects with Snapchat to allow users to "make new connections" -- in other words, meet strangers. Teens link their Snap profiles and enter personal details (age and gender) and choose a few pictures to feature. Then they review images of other users, choosing to "X" those they are not interested in or requesting Snap info for those they are. On the flip side, others are reviewing their profile and sending requests to add them on Snap as well. Just as with Snapchat streaks, users earn points and gems for activity, like giving out their Snap and logging in daily or viewing videos or taking surveys. The profiles shown are a mix of genders and close in age to that entered when creating a profile, but there's no birth date verification. There's no specific privacy policy, though it seems to be rolled into the terms of service. Read the developer's policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

HOOP. connects with the popular social media app Snapchat to help users make new friends. Users first allow Hoop. to access their Snapchat account, and it automatically connects with the account logged in on that device. They then set up a profile including their age, gender, and pictures. From there, others on the app view their information, and if interested, tap the Snapchat icon to request their username. If not interested, they simply hit the red "X" and move on to the next candidate. Once they've exchanged Snap info, the rest of the conversation happens in Snapchat. There's no chat in Hoop., and location information isn't included -- though some users put it on their profile image or bio. Teens earn points for logging in daily, sharing their Snap, getting Snap friends to join Hoop., and taking surveys.

Is it any good?

What could be wrong with an app that makes it easy for teens to share personal information with strangers? Hoop. asks permission to connect to a user's Snapchat account, so it has access to that personal information. Still it has users choose an age when creating their Hoop. profile -- definitely a potential safety risk. Within moments of logging on, teens will find dozens of requests to share their Snap username. And they'll be rewarded with points for sharing their Snap with a stranger. Hoop. also incorporates a points system with diamonds, rewarding teens for logging in daily and completing other tasks, similar to Snapstreaks, which have been shown to lead to anxiety and compulsion. Teens are also encouraged to take surveys, which can collect a lot of user data. All in all, there's just not much good that can come of Hoop.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about safe ways to meet new people other than apps like Hoop. 

  • What are your family's expectations about adding followers on social media? Do you have to have mutual friends? Should you have met in person?

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