Experts reveal the dangerous teenage sexting slang all parents should know

Experts reveal the dangerous teenage sexting slang all parents should know |

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?


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