Watch: Cracking dangerous teen texting codes

Sexting, the act of sending sexually explicit text messages, is becoming more prevalent among teens, according to a JAMA Pediatrics Journal investigation.

Watch: Cracking dangerous teen texting codes


Watch: Cracking dangerous teen texting codes


Most teen texting lingo is innocent, but some child safety experts warn that cracking the code of symbols and letters may help parents identify when their child is in danger.

Some texting shorthand doubles as code for suicidal thoughts, bullying, sex and drugs, writes tech columnist Jennifer Jolly for USA Today.

Among the more dangerous codes:

  • 53X = sneaky way to type “sex”
  • KMS = kill myself
  • LH6 = let’s have sex
  • KYS =  kill yourself
  • GNOC = get naked on camera.
  • 99 = parents are gone

Check out the video below for a primer on the top sneaky terms teens use according to Bark, a safety app that monitors sites teens use for red flag words.

Read more about the sneaky teen texting codes here.


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