Do you know what “LOL” means? What about “IWSN” in Internet text slang? Acronyms and shorthand is popular across social media and mobile phone apps because it helps with instant communication. For example, use of TTYL – “talk to you later”, or L8R – “later” may help you type quickly, but that doesn’t help decode text when it may be used for other reasons.
This unique form of language is called text speak (or ‘txtspk’) for online, chat, SMS and lingo. The language is a combination of shorthand, shortened words, and creative spellings by kids using uppercase and lowercase, as well as use of punctuation marks.
An issue for parents is deciding on how to understand slang and acronyms that they may otherwise think are just jibberish. Such as ‘PIR’ meaning parents in room, or ‘GNOC’ which means “get naked on camera”…. any parent would be concerned to see that type of message be shared with their children and would want to understand the decoded text.
As quoted in a recent article from CNN, Katie Greer , a national Internet safety expert has been providing Internet and technology safety training to schools, law enforcement agencies and community organizations throughout the country for more than seven years. She says research shows that a majority of teens believe that their parents are starting to keep tabs on their online and social media lives and “with that, acronyms can be used by kids to hide certain parts of their conversations from attentive parents,” Greer said. “Acronyms used for this purpose could potentially raise some red flags for parents.”
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Top 22 Decoded Text messages:
9 – Parent watching
99 – Parent gone
NIFOC – Naked in front of computer
PIR – Parent in room
CU46 – See you for sex
53X – Sex
IWSN – I want sex now
GNOC – Get naked on camera
CID – Acid (the drug)
POS – Parent over shoulder
SUGARPIC – Suggestive or erotic photo
KOTL – Kiss on the lips
(L)MIRL – Let’s meet in real life
PRON – Porn
TDTM – Talk dirty to me
8 – Oral sex
CD9 – Parents around/Code 9
IPN – I’m posting naked
LH6 – Let’s have sex
WTTP – Want to trade pictures?
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