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If you think you are tech savvy all
because you know what "LOL" means,
then test your coolness.
Any idea what "IWSN" stands for
in Internet slang? It's a declarative state-
ment: I want sex now. If it makes you
feel any better, a number of women
had no clue when asked about it.
Acronyms are widely popular across
the Internet, especially on social media
and texting apps, because, in some
cases, they offer a shorthand for com-
munication that is meant to be instant.
So "LMK"---let me know---and
"WYCM"---will you call me?---are inno-
cent enough. But the issue, especially
for parents, is understanding the slang
that could signal some dangerous teen
behaviour, such as "GNOC,'" which
means "get naked on camera."
And it certainly helps for a parent
to know that "PIR" means parent in
room, which could mean the teen wants
to have a conversation about things
that his or her mom and dad might
not approve of.
Katie Greer is a national Internet
safety expert who has provided Internet
and technology safety training to
schools, law enforcement agencies and
community organisations 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.
"With that, acronyms can be used
by kids to hide certain parts of their
conversations from attentive parents,"
"Acronyms used for this purpose
could potentially raise some red flags
But parents would drive themselves
crazy, she said, if they tried to decode
every text, e-mail and post they see
their teen sending or receiving.
"I've seen some before and it's like
The Da Vinci Code,' where only the
kids hold the true meanings (and most
of the time they're fairly innocuous),"
Still, if parents come across any
acronyms they believe could be prob-
lematic, they should talk with their
kids about them, said Greer. But how,
on earth, is a parent to keep up with
all these acronyms, especially since new
ones are being introduced every day?
"It's a lot to keep track of," Greer
Parents can always do a Google
search if they stumble upon a phrase
they aren't familiar with, but the other
option is asking their children, since
these phrases can have different mean-
ings for different people.
"Asking kids not only gives you great
information, but it shows that you're
paying attention and sparks the con-
versation around their online behav-
iours, which is imperative."
Micky Morrison, a mom of two in
Islamorada, Florida, says she finds
Internet acronyms "baffling, annoying
and hilarious at the same time."
She's none too pleased that acronyms
like "LOL" and "OMG" are being
adopted into conversation, and already
told her 12-year-old son---whom she
jokingly calls "deprived," since he does
not have a phone yet---that acronym
talk is not allowed in her presence.
But the issue really came to a head
when her son and his adolescent friends
got together and were all "ignoring one
another with noses in their
phones," said Morrison, founder
"I announced my invention of
a new acronym: PYFPD.' Put your
freaking phone down." LOL!
But back to the serious issue at
hand, attached are 28 Internet
acronyms, from Greer and other
parents, as well as from sites such
NetLingo.com, and from Cool
Mom Tech's 99 acronyms and
phrases that every parent should
After you read this list, you'll
likely start looking at your teen's
texts in a whole new way. (CNN)
Kelly Wallace is CNN's digital
correspondent and editor-at-large
covering family, career and life.
She is a mom of two girls. Read
her other columns on digital life
and follow her reports at CNN
Parents and on Twitter.
Parents: Check your kid's texts
for these 28 acronyms, and what they mean
1. IWSN---I want sex now
2. GNOC---Get naked on camera
3. NIFOC---Naked in front of
4. PIR---Parent in room
5 CU46---See you for sex
7. 9---Parent watching
8. 99---Parent gone
9. 1174---Party meeting place
10. THOT---That hoe over there
11. CID---Acid (the drug)
12. Broken---Hungover from
14. POS---Parent over shoulder
15. SUGARPIC---Suggestive or
16. KOTL---Kiss on the lips
17. (L)MIRL---Let's meet in real life
19. TDTM---Talk dirty to me
20. 8---Oral sex
21. CD9---Parents around/Code 9
22. IPN---I'm posting naked
23. LH6---Let's have sex
24. WTTP---Want to trade
25. DOC---Drug of choice
26. TWD--Texting while driving
27. GYPO--Get your pants off
28. KPC-Keeping parents clueless
Know any other Internet
acronyms parents should learn
Kelly Wallace on Twitter or CNN
Living on Facebook.
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