104 Abbreviations and Slang for Parents to Monitor
04.12.2022 WELLNESS 0.0 0

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Popular internet slang words change quickly, making it difficult to keep up. However, if parents want to stay ITK - that is, in the know - about what their children are talking about online, they must learn their language.

Internet slang frequently takes one of three forms:

  • Replacing words with similar-sounding characters, such as 'are' becoming R or 'too' becoming 2.
  • Acronyms are words formed by combining the first letter of several words, such as 'lol' for 'laughing out loud.'
  • Abbreviations are letters that are removed from words to make them shorter (usually to save keystrokes or to stay within character limits), such as using 'tho' instead of 'though'.

However, because of the influence of music, the internet, apps, social media, celebrities, and regional vernacular, seemingly random words can appear out of nowhere (and disappear just as quickly). While some slang words are harmless, others may concern parents, with some being used to discuss topics such as sex, drugs, mental health, and eating disorders. You might be wondering what does nfs mean on Instagram or other social media platforms, but in this overview, we will look at various types of internet slang to decipher what teens and tweens are saying online.

Internet lingo that is amusing or harmless

A lot of teen slang is harmless or enjoyable, offering teens a sense of independence or individuality when using it. Some of the more innocent or amusing expressions are:

  1. BFF – best friends forever
  2. Boujee (or bouji) – rich or acting rich
  3. BRB – be right back
  4. Bruh –nickname for 'bro.'
  5. BTW – by the way
  6. Dead – very funny 
  7. Deets – details
  8. Dope – excellent or of high quality
  9. DWBH – don't worry, be happy
  10. Extra – acting in an excessive or dramatic manner
  11. Fam – family or friends
  12. Fire – incredible or amazing
  13. FOMO – fear of missing out
  14. GOAT – greatest of all time
  15. Gucci – good, going well, cool
  16. Hundo – short for a 100%
  17. IRL – in real life
  18. LMAO – laughing my *ss off
  19. Lit – cool or awesome
  20. Mood – when you have relatable feelings or experience
  21. MYOB – mind your own business
  22. NGL – not gonna lie
  23. Noob – someone who is new or bad at doing something
  24. OG – original
  25. OMG – oh my god or oh my gosh
  26. Tea – gossip, story, news 
  27. TBH – to be honest
  28. Salty –angry or bothered 
  29. Shook – Something has shaken or affected you.
  30. Skurt – to go away or leave
  31. SKSKSKSK – expressing delight
  32. Slay – being outstanding at something
  33. Snatched –being presentable or on point
  34. Sus – suspicious
  35. Yeet – exclamation of delight, approval, surprise, or general vigor
  36. YOLO – you only live once 
  37. WDYM – what do you mean
  38. Woke – someone who is well-versed in social justice concerns
  39. WTF – what the f*ck

Internet jargon for parents to be aware of

Other common online lingo examples may be more alarming. They are not necessarily hazardous, but they may suggest that your adolescent is engaging in more mature behaviors that require your guidance as a parent or caregiver. Here are several examples:

  1. Addy – Short for 'Adderall,' a stimulant used to treat ADHD that can also be abused recreationally.
  2. AF – as f*ck (used to emphasize a point – e.g., 'thirsty af')
  3. ASL – age/sex/location
  4. Bae - romantic partner Short for "baby," or an abbreviation for "before anyone else."
  5. Basic - someone or anything seen as dull or conformist
  6. BF or GF – boyfriend or girlfriend
  7. Cap/no cap – A lie (or not a lie)
  8. Catfishing – pretending to be someone else by creating a phony social media or dating profile
  9. CD9 – code 9, short for parent nearby
  10. CU46 – see you for sex
  11. D – d*ck
  12. Down in the DM – Direct messaging someone on social media, usually with the intention of hooking up
  13. DTF – down to f*ck
  14. Finsta – a fake Instagram account
  15. Flaming – sending someone angry, unpleasant, or vulgar texts, either publicly or privately
  16. FWB – friends with benefits
  17. GFY – go f*ck yourself
  18. Ghost – to purposefully disregard someone
  19. GNOC – get naked on cam
  20. GYPO – get your pants off
  21. IWSN – I want sex now
  22. KMS – kill myself
  23. KYS – kill yourself
  24. KPC – keep parents clueless
  25. LMIRL – let's meet in real life
  26. Netflix' n' chill – Getting together ostensibly to watch movies, but more often than not to make out or hook up
  27. NIFOC – naked in front of computer
  28. NP4NP – naked picture for naked picture
  29. NSFW – not safe for work
  30. OC – open crib (parents are not home)
  31. PAW or PRW – parents are watching
  32. PIR – parents in room
  33. POS – parents over shoulder
  34. Pron – a means of saying 'porn' without alerting parents or being blocked by restrictive apps
  35. P911 – parents watching
  36. Ship – abbreviation  for relationship.
  37. Smash – to have casual sex
  38. Snack – an attractive person (sometimes also spelled 'snacc')
  39. TDTM – talk dirty to me
  40. Thicc – having an attractive, curvy body
  41. Thirsty – attention-seeking
  42. Throw shade – saying something nasty about someone, often passive-aggressively
  43. WAP – wet *ss p*ssy
  44. WTTP – want to trade pictures
  45. X – ecstasy
  46. Xan – Xanax is an anti-anxiety medication that is occasionally abused recreationally.
  47. 53x – sex
  48. 8 – oral sex
  49. 9 – a parent is watching
  50. 420 – marijuana

Remember that internet lingo comes and goes, with terms coming out of nowhere and disappearing just as quickly. Expressions can easily become out of date or appear to be humiliating to use.

Hashtags that are problematic

It's important to be aware of hazardous hashtags in addition to internet language. On social media, teens might use coded or abbreviated hashtags to discuss drugs, suicide, mental health, and eating problems. They can band together with others discussing, and sometimes encouraging, the same themes by searching for the hashtag. Among the coded hashtags are:

  1. #anas – anorexics
  2. #cuts – self-harm
  3. #cu46 – see you for sex
  4. #deb – depression
  5. #ednos – eating disorder not otherwise specified
  6. #kush or #420 – Marijuana
  7. #mias – bulimics
  8. #sue – suicide
  9. #secretsociety123 – a group of people who commit non-suicidal self-harm
  10. #selfharmmm – themes like cutting and burning
  11. #svv – self-harm topics
  12. #tina – crystal meth
  13. #thinsp – thinspiration or thinspo
  14. #proana – pro-anorexia
  15. #promia – pro-bulimia

Fortunately, a warning pop-up appears when you search for many of these hashtags on Instagram. "Can we assist you?" it asks. Posts with the phrases or tags you're looking for frequently inspire harmful or even fatal behavior. We'd like to assist you if you're going through a difficult time."

How to Stay Ahead of Terminology Trends

Language evolves quickly, and it can be difficult to keep up. Understanding how your children communicate online is critical to keeping them safe from cyberbullies and online predators. You can stay current with trendy online terminology by doing the following:

  • Save Urban Dictionary: This useful website provides definitions for slang terminology you may encounter on your child's social sites.
  • Set up Google Alerts: Google allows you to set up news alerts for a term of your choice so that you receive an email each day with news articles related to that term. You might, for example, establish an 'online slang' or 'teen slang' alert and receive a list of articles about the current online slang without having to do weekly searches for what you could be missing.
  • Talk to teachers or other parents: Open channels of contact with teachers and other parents or caregivers to stay engaged and updated about new online slang or terminology trends.
  • Communicate with your children: Simply ask your teen or other teenagers you know to translate lingo you don't understand. Bringing up these terms with your child may be awkward, but it may also open the door to valuable talks.

Parenting Advice

If you are concerned about some of your child's online chats, consider the following:

Devices for monitoring: Examine your child's devices, the family computer, social media platforms, and instant messaging applications.

Talk about sexting: Sexting is the practice of sending sexually explicit images, videos, or messages over SMS or social media. Discuss with your teen the dangers of sexting and the potential consequences.

Establish limits while remaining approachable: Inform your children about acceptable and unacceptable online behavior. Let them know they may talk to you about any troubles they experience online.

Discuss online strangers: Discuss the emotional and physical risks of conversing with a stranger online, whether by instant messaging, sharing images or other information, or calling.

Talk about cyberbullying: Unfortunately, cyberbullying is rampant, so it's critical to talk about how to cope with online threats and bullies, as well as how to block or report them.

Limit your screen time: Limiting your teen's time on gadgets reduces danger and frees up time for other activities such as homework, spending time with friends and family, and getting a good night's sleep.

Configure parental controls: Set up parental restrictions on your shared devices to reduce potential risks. Kaspersky Safe Kids, for example, enables you to restrict access to adult websites and material, regulate access to inappropriate apps and games, and manage screen time by device.

Written by Frank Robertson


About the Author

My name is Frank Robertson. I’m a writer. I choose my topics carefully and try to write about topics that can help my readers. Connect with me on Twitter.


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