LONDON – Digital media is now a reality, with both negative and positive sides, users of new social or digital world, usually teens using it without thinking about consequences, this is the reason where experts suggest precautionary measures for elders especially for the parents.
According to the reports, teens using unusual codes to communicate with each other while keeping privacy concerns in mind or trying to hide their conversation from elders of the family, teachers or parents.
Parents with less understanding of digital world especially mobiles could not keep track of teenage texting codes.
Now, a parental protection software firm Bark has created a helpful graphic to assist parents in decoding online slang. This include 112 phrases that parents should be aware of like ‘GNOC’, ‘WTTP’ and ‘PAL’.
While these codes may seem harmless but in reality it is too dangerous, they actually mean ‘get naked on camera’, ‘want to trade pictures’ and ‘parents are listening’.
‘Text lingo practically changes weekly and a lot of the time, parents have no clue what their kids and their friends are saying,’ Titania Jordan, chief parent officer of Bark, which monitors potential hazards on kids’ mobile phones and alerts parents, told Country104.
‘I’m surprised at how many parents still don’t know what “Netflix and chill” means,’ she added. For those who don’t, it basically means sex.
Surveillance software has become more popular among parents trying to keep an eye on their children’s online activities.
Bark, like similar programmes, claims to be able to decipher when children are joking around and when they are being serious.
‘If it’s a high school girl who’s tripped and fallen in the hallway in front of her crush, and she texts her friend, “KMS” [kill myself], the software will recognise that she’s joking and won’t alert her parents that she’s on the verge of suicide,’ Ms Jordan said.
‘But if it detects a kid expressing loneliness or sadness and that acronym pops up, the parents will be alerted.’
This is not the first time that parents have been warned of the dangers of teenage texting codes. Earlier this year, England’s Humberside Police issued parents with a ‘sexting dictionary’ of code words teenagers use to secretly exchange explicit messages.
Worried officers figured out that teens have a sinister new language as part of KPC (Keeping Parents Clueless).
Police feared many families would not what was going on if they found letters such as WYRN or P911 or LMIRL, MOS, TDTM or IWSN on a kid’s phone.
But they really mean What’s Your Real Name, Parent Alert, Let’s Meet in Real Life, Mum Over Shoulder, Talk Dirty to Me, and I Want Sex Now.
Humberside Police compiled a staggering list of 112 codes that children use while exchanging lewd images and messages.
They also included NIFOC (Nude in Front of Computer) GYPO (Get Your Pants Off) FWB (Friends with Benefits) and KPC (Keeping Parents Clueless).
Ways of warning that mum or dad is around included PAW (Parents are Watching) POS (Parents Over Shoulder) and CD9 (Code 9, meaning parents are around).
Worryingly, many were designed to arrange real life meetings between strangers such as WTPA (Where the Party At?) RU/18 (Are you over 18) RL (Real Life) and ADN (Any Day Now).
Making parents aware of the cryptic messages, which also include drug references, is part of a new purge by the Humberside force on sexting.
A spokesman said: ‘We have recently had numerous reports of young people sharing sexual, naked or semi-naked images of themselves, also known as sexting.
‘Therefore, we’re urging parents to talk to their children about the dangers of sexting as it could lead to embarrassment, blackmail or even a criminal record.’
Below is the sexting list include 112 phrases
|1. 143 – I love you||2. 2DAY – Today||3. 4EAE – For ever and ever|
|4. ADN – Any day now||5. AFAIK – As far as I know||6. AFK – Away from keyboard|
|7. ASL – Age/sex/location||8. ATM – At the moment||9. BFN – Bye for now|
|10. BOL – Be on later||11. BRB – Be right back||12. BTW – By the way|
|13. CTN – Can’t talk now||14. DWBH – Don’t worry, be happy||15. F2F or FTF – Face to face|
|16. FWB – Friends with benefits||17. FYEO – For your eyes only||18. GAL – Get a life|
|19. GB – Goodbye||20. GLHF – Good luck, have fun||21. GTG – Got to go|
|22. GYPO – Get your pants off||23. HAK – Hugs and kisses||24. HAND – Have a nice day|
|25. HTH – Hope this helps / Happy to help||26. HW– Homework
|27. IDK – I don’t know
|28. IIRC – If I remember correctly||29. IKR – I know, right?||30. ILY / ILU – I love you
|31. IM – Instant message||32. IMHO – In my honest opinion / In my humble opinion||33. IMO – In my opinion|
|34. IRL– In real life||35. IWSN – I want sex now||36. IU2U – It’s up to you|
|37. IYKWIM – If you know what I mean||38. J/K – Just kidding||39. J4F – Just for fun|
|40. JIC– Just in case||41. JSYK – Just so you know||42. KFY – Kiss for you|
|43. KPC – Keeping parents clueless||44. L8 – Late||45. LMBO – Laughing my butt off|
|46. LMIRL – Let’s meet in real life||47. LMK – Let me know||48. LOL – Laugh out loud|
|49. LSR – Loser||50. MIRL – Meet in real life||51. MOS – Mom over shoulder|
|52. NAGI– Not a good idea||53. NIFOC – Nude in front of computer||54. NM – Never mind|
|55. NMU – Not much, you?||56. NP – No problem||57. NTS – Note to self|
|58. OIC – Oh I see||59. OMG – Oh my God||60. ORLY – Oh, really?|
|61. OT– Off topic||62. OTP – On the phone||63. P911 – Parent alert|
|64. PAW – Parents are watching||65. PCM – Please call me||66. PIR – Parent in room|
|67. PLS or PLZ– Please||68. PPL – People||69. POS – Parents over shoulder|
|70. PTB – Please text back||71. QQ – Crying. This abbreviation produces an emoticon in text. It’s often used sarcastically.||72. RAK – Random act of kindness|
|73. RL – Real life||74. ROFL – Rolling on the floor laughing||75. RT – Retweet|
|76. RUOK – Are you OK?||77. SMH – Shaking my head||78. SOS – Someone over shoulder|
|79. SRSLY – Seriously||80. SSDD – Same stuff, different day||81. SWAK – Sealed with a kiss|
|82. SWYP – So, what’s your problem?||83. SYS – See you soon||84. TBC – To be continued|
|85. TDTM – Talk dirty to me||86. TIME – Tears in my eyes||87. WYCM – Will you call me?|
|88. TMI– Too much information||89. TMRW – Tomorrow||90. TTYL– Talk to you later|
|91. TY or TU– Thank you||92. VSF – Very sad face||93. WB – Welcome back|
|94. WTH – What the heck?||95. WTPA – Where the party at?||96. WYCM – Will you call me?|
|97. YGM – You’ve got mail||98. YOLO – You only live once||99. YW – You’re welcome|
|100. ZOMG – Oh my God (sarcastic)||101. 182 – I hate you||102. 420 – Marijuana|
|103. ADR – Address||104. CD9 – Code 9 – it means parents are around||105. ILU – I Love You|
|106. KOTL – Kiss On The Lips||107. LMIRL – Let’s Meet In Real Life||108. NIFOC – Nude In Front Of The Computer|
|109. P999 – Parent Alert||110. PAL – Parents Are Listening or Peace And Love||111. RU/18 – Are You Over 18?|
|112. WYRN – What’s Your Real Name?|
First published on DailyMail