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Kids and Social Media – Part 4

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I need to say up front that some of the language in this post may be inappropriate for younger readers. Ironically, this is a post about the language that younger people sometimes may use.

Kids have always had their own language – words that only they know the meaning of. It’s a natural part of separating from their parents and establishing their independence. Much of today’s kidspeak has evolved from the world of texting and communicating online, and often involves acronyms (for example, most adults have figured out that LOL = laugh out loud”).

While parents don’t need to adopt acronym lingo for their own communication, there are some key terms that they need to know the meaning of in order to protect their children from online predators, who are often more in tune with this kind of language than the typical adult. Below are acronyms and phrases that I found in researching this post that parents should know the meaning of if they notice them in social media conversations, texts or chats that their child or teen is having with someone online. To be clear, however, these acronyms do not necessarily mean that your child is communicating with a predator.

8 = oral sex

143 = I love you

ASL= age, sex, location

ASLRP = age, sex, location, race, picture

BF = boyfriend

CD9 = Code 9 (parents or other adults are present)

Cu46 = see you for sex

FWB = friends with benefits

GF = girlfriend

GNOC = get naked on camera

GNRN = get naked right now

GTG = got to go

GYPO = get your pants off

IWS = I want sex

LMIRL = let’s meet in real life

MIRL = meet in real life

MorF = male or female

MOS = mom over shoulder

NALOPKT = not a lot of people know this

NIFOC = naked in front of computer

P911 = parent emergency

PAW = parents are watching

PIR = parent in room

POS = parents over shoulder

PRON = porn

RU18 = are you 18?

RUH = are you horny?

S2R = send to receive (pictures)

SorG = straight or gay

TDTM = talk dirty to me

WYCM = will you call me

This is by no means a complete list, and of course, as soon as kids know that their parents have cracked their code of what, the kids find other ways to say what they want to. As of June, 2014, these are some terms to keep an eye out for. When you run across a term that you don’t recognize, Urban Dictionary is a good source for looking it up.

Maintaining open communication with your child is as important a tool as understanding their slang. It is natural for them to want to separate from you, but they should always know unquestionably that you are someone to whom they can turn when they are confused or in trouble. -RR


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We're a class learning about the ins and outs of social media. We learn by doing.

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