Text Abbreviations Every Parent Should Know
Much of what our children say or text does not make sense to parents, especially if they are adolescents. Don’t get overwhelmed. We have decoded the secret language of teens for you
By Deepika Mohan and Meera Mathews Marrate • 6 min read
It takes years to learn a new language. A popular Czech proverb says, ‘Learn a new language and get a new soul’. Teen language is as ‘Greek and Latin’ as it can get and dynamic too. We’re not sure if you can get a new soul, but by knowing a little about the secret coded language of teenagers, you can try to understand them better.
We all know that teens have learnt the art of outsmarting parents, be it while texting on the phone or browsing online. The worrying trend is teens often give out personal information to strangers or access inappropriate content online and parents are clueless about such behaviour.
A comprehensive study done by McAfee, the security solutions major, on teen online behaviour revealed that the trend of teens deceiving parents online is rampant, as 70 per cent have found ways to avoid parental monitoring. Unfortunately more than 73 per cent of parents believed that their children would never access age-inappropriate content on the Internet.
According to the study, here are some of the ways teens deceive parents --
1. Clearing the browser history (53%)
2. Close/minimise browser when parent walked in (46%)
3. Hide or delete IMs or videos (34%)
4. Lie or omit details about online activities (23%)
5. Use a computer your parents don’t check (23%)
6. Use an internet-enabled mobile device (21%)
7. Use privacy settings to make certain content viewable only by friends (20%)
8. Use private browsing modes (20%)
9. Create private email address unknown to parents (15%)
10. Create duplicate/fake social network profiles (9%)
Using coded language or abbreviations is another one of those smart ways in which adolescents easily outwit their elders, who are often overwhelmed by technology. Here we give you a lowdown on text abbreviations and you will never be ignorant again --
Bae: Before Anyone Else; babe or baby in the romantic sense
Can't even: An expression of annoyance
Fam: Short for ‘family’ used with very close friends
WYD: What You Doing?
WUF: Where You From?
2G2BT: Too Good To Be True
FWB: Friends with benefits
FYEO: For your eyes only
GAL: Get a life
IDK: I Don’t Know
ILY/ILU: I Love You
xoxo: Hugs and Kisses
IKR: I Know, Right?
IMO: In my opinion
J4N: Just For Fun
MIRL: Meet in real life
IYKWIM: If you know what I mean
CWYL: Chat With You Later
CWOT: Complete Waste Of Time
OTP – One True Pairing (fictional couples you think are meant to be together)
TBH: To Be Honest
YAS: An excited version of Yes
FTW: For The Win
Slay: Slaying – not in the literal sense; it means to pull off something well
DWBH: Don’t Worry, Be Happy
GLHF: Good Luck! Have Fun!
ORLY: Oh Really?
SSDD: Same Stuff, Different Day
SYWP: So? What’s Your Problem?
TMI: Too Much Information
ZOMG: (Sarcastic) Oh My God!
TWD: Texting while driving
And here are some which will really be useful to you --
PAW: Parents Are Watching
PAL : Parents are listening
ADR : What’s your address?
WTTP : Want to trade photos?
MOS: Mom over shoulder
POS: Parents over shoulderl
KMS: Kill myself
99: Parents are gone
Learn. By heart. Never use. Because this will make your teen go SMH.
If you want to know more about how you can keep an eye on your child's internet usage or control what they browse on the Internet, check out this article:
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