Know what your children are texting on their cell phones, on Smartphones and what they say in chat rooms and instant messages.
Kids may speak in an abbreviated language that changes, so stay aware of the new lingo. For example, some of the current words are:
- CD9 - Parents Are Around
- DOC - Drug of Choice
- IDGI - I Don’t Get Involved or I Don’t Get It
- KPC - Keeping Parents Clueless
- MOOS - Member of Opposite Sex?
- MOS - Mom Over Shoulder
- Number “420” - Marijuana
- PAL - Parents Are Listening
- PAW - Parents Are Watching
- P911 - Parent Alert
- RU/18 - Are You Over 18?
See video on texting
The Internet offers resources for parents and guardians interested in learning how to understand their child’s texting language. Some additional resources include:
- www.TeenChatDecoder.com contains an online acronym and abbreviations decoder for parents that decodes all abbreviations in text messages via cell phones or social media pages.
- www.Netlingo.com has a list of chat acronyms and text message shorthand that people use online. Included are 1000 acronyms every parent needs to know.
- www.Noslang.com also provides a slang dictionary and translator to use to decipher their teen’s slang. It contains a list of 25 Internet slang terms all parents should know.