Most kids are back to school this week. That means they’re getting a healthy dose of reading, writing and arithmetic.
It also means that they’re probably getting exposed to an unhealthy amount of texting and/or sex texting (a.k.a. sexting).
As I’ve written before, one of the biggest gaps in my knowledge as a parent happens to be texting phrases and instant messaging (IM) shortcuts that teens and preteens are using these days.
While neither of our school-age daughters (10 and eight respectively) currently have cell phones, I’m compelled to shore up my understanding regarding this disturbing trend before they face it directly.
Since writing those posts, I’ve continued to collect additional texting terms and IM phrases to equip parents to effectively protect their kids.
Here are the 10 latest that I’ve found which have been confirmed by the resources at NetLingo, again some of these are a bit shocking, some deal with bullying, meeting up and are not appropriate for younger readers:
1. DIAF – Die in a Fire – coded threat
2. DOC – Drug of Choice
3. I&I – Inebriation and Intercourse
4. IMEZRU – I Am Easy Are You?
5. NAZ – Name, Address, Zip Code (to you home)
6. OMW – On My Way
7. 182 – I Hate You – coded threat
8. Banana – code for penis
9. Kitty – code for vagina
10. Zerg – to gang up on someone
Again some of these terms are troubling, yet it’s the responsibility of parents to inform themselves about what their kids are likely to experience.
Question: Are there any other terms you’ve found that are not on this list? Are there other sites that you’ve found with relevant texting information that you’d like to share?
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