If you're the parent of a teenager, you might sometimes wonder if they're speaking a completely different language. But good news; help is at hand.
The Department for Education has put together an online dictionary guide to help parents decipher the codewords which teens use to communicate via social media. It particularly focuses on the acronyms and abbreviations used to communicate sexual desire and innuendo.
Sky News reports:
Terms that might be used by teenagers trying to keep their online activities a secret include PAW (parents are watching) and PAL (parents are listening). And youngsters who may be taking part in dangerous online behaviour such as communicating with potential paedophiles may have examples such as GNOC (get naked on camera) and LMIRL (let's meet in real life) directed at them.
Here are some of top chat codewords that might be worth knowing:
143 - I love you
182 - I hate you
CD9 - Code 9 - it means parents are around
KPC - Keeping Parents Clueless
LMIRL - Let's Meet In Real Life
MOS - Mom Over Shoulder
NIFOC - Nude In Front Of The Computer
P999 - Parent Alert
PAL - Parents Are Listening -or- Peace And Love
PAW - Parents Are Watching
PIR - Parent In Room
POS - Parent Over Shoulder
WYRN - What's Your Real Name?
Urgh. Why do they ever have to grow up at all?!
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TOPICS: Parenting Tips