Dangerous Texting Terms Your Child May Be Using



Teenagers are skilled at developing new ways to communicate. Their ability to secret massages via text or social media is not only amazing, but it is also confounding to parents. In my “Teens and Social Media” class, I hear from parents who are overwhelmed by technology and feel helpless when it comes to monitoring their children’s online behavior. The key to protecting your children online is to be actively engaged in all aspects of their lives. Asking questions about their online activities, monitoring their devices, and installing security software can go a long way towards keeping your children safe.

But none of these techniques will help you to decipher the secret language of teens. You may be familiar with acronyms such as LOL, OMG, or BFF (for more info, read this glossary of texting abbreviations), but you need to be aware of the more dangerous texting terms that teens may use for sexting or sharing nude and explicit photos online. Teens are using these terms not only in text messages, but also on social media channels such as Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Ask.fm, and various messaging apps such as Kik and WhatsApp.

Sexually Explicit Texting Abbreviations

IWSN – I want sex now

GYPO – Get your pants off

WTTP – Want to trade pictures?

IPN – I’m posing naked

TDTM – Talk dirty to me

8 – Oral sex

53X – Sex

GNOC – Get naked on camera

LMIRL – Let’s meet in real life

NIFOC – Naked in front of computer

LH6 – Let’s have sex

CU46 – See you for sex

SUGARPIC – Suggestive of erotic photo

In addition these terms, teens have developed the following abbreviations to alert their friends when their parents are around.

POS – Parent over shoulder

KPC – Keeping parents clueless

PIR – Parent in room

99 – Parent gone

CD9 – Parents around/Code 9

Stay Strong,

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Frederick J. Goodall

Frederick J. Goodall is the founder of Mocha Dad - a parenting website focused on fatherhood. He is passionate about parenting and helping men to be great dads, husbands, and role models. You can contact him at fjgoodall@mochadad.com or on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/mochadad