THOSE SNEAKY KIDS ON PHONES: WHEN TO BE CONCERNED

HAVE A TEENAGER WITH A SMARTPHONE?

YOU MAY WANT TO READ THIS

by Marty Carlson

5-24-2016


Chances are your teenager spends more than several hours a day on texting and social media via their smart phone, if you look at what they’re actually doing you’ll see a lot of what is being called “snapstreaking .” There are some funny buzz abbreviations for videos and a accumulation of letters and numbers that may look like some type of modern day shorthand.

Heck you may even use some of them yourself:

LOL = laugh(ing) out loud

GR8 = great

IRL = in real life

TYVM = thank you very much

IMHO = in my humble opinion

BRB = be right back

J/K = just kidding

L8R = later

NP = no problem

WYD= what you doing?

Many of these terms are completely innocent, but some safety experts warn there could be more than what you realize with some of these texting codes. Some of that texting language might double as codes for suicidal thoughts, bullying, sex and or drugs.

The possibilities of harm coming to some of these kids is enormous and today’s parents need to safeguard and be creative to keep their teenagers from the harmful side affects of the Internet.

Safety applications are available that allows parents to monitor what is on their browsing and texting habits, they can issue red flag warnings on certain words and the context they are using them in.

The national Institute of mental health says: suicide is the second leading cause of death for young adults and adults ages 15 to 34. Teen suicide is taken on a new reality in recent years and is in large part due to to the advancement of technology.

We teach our kids to look both ways when they cross the street, and don’t talk to strangers. We need to look at the same type safety issues to protect their kids in the digital era.


Estimates are that 10 million teen messages per month go across 21 different sources that include text, email, YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat. Below is some of the most recent list of sneaky terms that teen use:

 

53X = sneaky way to type “sex”

KMS = kill myself

LH6 = let’s have sex

KYS =  kill yourself

MOS = mom over the shoulder

POS = parent over shoulder

CD9 = code 9, parents around

GNOC = get naked on camera.

99 = parents are gone

WTTP = want to trade photos?

LMIRL = let’s meet in real life

1174 = meet at a party spot

IWSN = I want sex now

CU46 =  see you for sex

FWB = friends with benefits

ADR = what’s your address

MPFB = my personal f*** buddy

PAL= parents are listening

TWD = texting while driving

GYPO = get your pants off

There are many watchdog applications that can be used as I am not going to recommend any as I am not going to mislead.

One former data analysts stated that “GNOC” was typed 4,384 times on android phones in the United States in 2016.

Experts are saying that spying on kid’s conversations usually does not work, but they have to be educated in communication and modern tools, and are usually bright enough for that to be done. The expert turned use keywords, data science and machine learning to pick up on this information. And the applications that are used detects potential issues, and the app sends alert to your phone via email or text, and then offers solutions to help with the presented issues

Whether or not you plan to monitor your teens activity you may want to inform yourself of the latest text codes, according to the website Netlingo. They list the top 50 chat acronyms parents need to know.


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