The Hot or Not app is available for Apple and Android devices and is dating app where you get to rate the images of others.
If you look at the Google Play site, it has a ton of negative reviews, but does have over 10 million installs.
A great description of the app can be found on Commonensemedia.org.
“WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW
Parents need to know that Hot or Not (called Hot or … for iOS devices) is a social app that has users rate the attractiveness of others based on a series of photos. Users must first set up an account of their own, with photos — and must verify their identity with a working email address or a Facebook account and their mobile phones. The site says it will not accept a profile unless the user is 13 or older, and that users 13-17 can’t chat or share photos with users older than 17 — but there’s no age verification process. Users can log in to see what others think of them. And if two users think each other is “hot,” they can send messages to each other. Keep in mind that there’s no guarantee anyone is really who they say they are here.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
After going through a surprisingly thorough sign-up process, users can rate others as “hot” or “not.” They’ll swipe through another user’s portfolio of pictures and will also see how many interests and friends they have in common. Once they’ve made up their mind, users just tap a heart sign or an “x” to rank them. From there, it’s onto the next person. It’s possible to filter users by age range and sex, but you cannot skip a user. Tapping the “i” button in the lower right portion of the screen pulls up their location (by city) as well as other information they’ve provided. Should two users rate each other as “hot,” they can chat via messages.
TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT …
- What kind of information is safe to share on social networks.
- Families can also talk about whether it’s a good idea to judge people based solely on their appearance.”
Finally, I was quite surprised by the number of other dating apps available on the Google Play site. We will try to update our site with other apps you should be aware of but it wouldn’t hurt to take a look around to see what apps your kids could be using.