We’ve touched before about the topic of internet safety, and some tips on how to keep yourself and your children safe while online, but what about decoding what they are doing on online, and having insight in to what they’re REALLY saying to their friends? You may be routinely checking their messages and inbox, but if you don’t know what you are looking at, then it’s honestly no better than not checking at all.
With that said, let's talk acronyms, and things every parent should be aware of. Although our expertise is in that of “tech” things, our passion is people, and ensuring we take care of people, particularly with their computer systems. The fact these acronyms are used amongst the systems we also care for, is just enough of a reach to encourage us to be proactive in informing our customers of what they might be missing. So with that, we give you a glimpse into an entirely new language- one that your teenager may be fluent in. Brace yourselves… It can be quite uncomfortable.
1. IWSN - I want sex now
2. GNOC - Get naked on camera
3. NIFOC - Naked in front of computer
4. PIR - Parent in room
5 CU46 - See you for sex
6. 53X - Sex
7. 9 - Parent watching
8. 99 - Parent gone
9. 1174' - Party meeting place
10. THOT - That hoe over there
11. CID - Acid (the drug)
12. Broken - Hungover from alcohol
13. 420 - Marijuana
14. POS - Parent over shoulder
15. SUGARPIC - Suggestive or erotic photo
16. KOTL - Kiss on the lips
17. (L)MIRL - Let's meet in real life
18. PRON - Porn
19. TDTM - Talk dirty to me
20. 8 - Oral sex
21. CD9 - Parents around/Code 9
22. IPN - I'm posting naked
23. LH6 - Let's have sex
24. WTTP - Want to trade pictures?
25. DOC - Drug of choice
26. TWD - Texting while driving
27. GYPO - Get your pants off
28. KPC- Keeping parents clueless
So where did all of this come from, and why? According to a national internet safety expert, research shows that a majority of teens believe that their parents are starting to keep tabs on their online and social media lives, so they’ve decided to offer a “shorthand” communication that is meant to be instant, as well as hide parts of their conversations from parents who are being attentive. Which means for a parent, being “on top of things” got even harder than it once was. Do your kids have internet access and a tendency to use cryptic acronyms? It’s far more common than you think. We encourage you to take a moment and see what kind of language your child is using to communicate with their friends. For more information on Internet Safety, and how to protect your computer from possible sites that contain inappropriate information or viruses, contact our team of professionals today.