Do you know what your kids are saying online?
Teenagers can be hard to understand at the best of times and their online chatter is near impossible!
We all know that slang is an integral part of growing up. It helps teenagers define their place in the world and keep parents in the dark! Teenagers have a myriad of online channels to use, and their language is evolving all the time.
When kids are texting terms like ‘yeet’ and ‘geekin’, what are they saying?
Safer Internet Day is a time to reflect about whether we know if our kids are safe with words they are using online, and whether they are showing respect to others.
Goodbye FOMO, hello A3
FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) and LOL (Laugh Out Loud) are terms that a lot of us know, but new words and phrases are emerging all the time. Many of these new terms are funny and harmless, but some can be offensive and abusive.
This Safer Internet Day, make it your priority to take teen slang seriously and be mindful of terms that your kids may be using online.
Words and acronyms some teenagers are using:
A3: Anytime, anywhere, any place
CD9, Code 9: Parents are around
Curve: to reject someone romantically
Fam: a very good friend, like family
F2F: Face to Face—an offer to meet in person or have a video chat
Geekin: to laugh too hard and too loud—often due to drug/alcohol use
Hawt: very attractive
KMS: Kill My Self, usually used in a funny/sarcastic way
KOTL: Kiss On The Lips
LMIRL: Let’s Meet In Real Life
MOS, POS: Mum/Parents over shoulder
Pharming: searching other people’s medicine cabinets for drugs to get high on
Ship: abbreviation for relationship
Sugarpic: erotic, nude or suggestive images sent online
TDTM: Talk Dirty To Me
Thirsty: desperate, impatient or too eager for something
Tweaking: high on amphetamines
WTTP: Want To Trade Pictures?
Yeet: an extremely expressive word to express excitement.
We encourage parents to always have open communication with kids about online behaviour.
For more information on Safer Internet Day 2018 or eSafety resources, visit the Office of the eSafety Commissioner website.