Parents, are you aware of these dangerous teen texting codes?

Most parents are familiar with so-called initialisms like LOL (laugh out loud) or perhaps BRB (be right back).

But if your son is on his smartphone and you’re within close proximity, he might use a text code like MOS (“mom over shoulder”). And many codes are not as innocent as OMG. If someone texts your daughter GNOC, it means “get naked on cam.”

As a mother of three young boys in this techy era, this honestly scares me. And it should also scare you, especially if your teenager has a smartphone.

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Code for bullying, sex and more

An initialism is an abbreviation consisting of initial letters pronounced separately that form a phrase or sentence.

But some text initialisms can double as code for bullying, drugs, sex and more, including suicidal thoughts. They can hint to serious issues teens face.

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Tech company Bark.us, which tracks and collects data on social networks relating to risky behaviors among teens, compiled a list of initialisms that parents should be aware of. Here are 20 of them:

  • KYS: kill yourself
  • KMS: kill myself
  • KPC: keeping parents clueless
  • DOC: drug of choice
  • CD9: parents are around
  • POS: parents over shoulder
  • MOS: mom over shoulder
  • 99: parents are gone
  • 53X: sex
  • 8: oral sex
  • FWB: friends with benefits
  • FYEO: for your eyes only
  • WTTP: want to trade photos
  • KFY or K4Y: kiss for you
  • ADR: what’s your address
  • 420: marijuana
  • GNOC: get naked on cam
  • IWSN: I want sex now
  • Netflix and chill: getting together and hooking up
  • PAL: parents are listening

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To get familiar with more initialisms, check out Cool Tech Mom’s list here.

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