Parents Guide to Lingo on the Internet

  • Lynda Savage, M.S., LMFT, LPC
  • Series: Fall 2007 Volume 14, Issue 3

There are many ways teens can communicate with family and friends online and through messaging. Unfortunately, there are also crafty strangers, including pedophiles and drug dealers who also want to communicate with your teen. They may seem like harmless individuals to your child, gain their trust, and then encourage risky behavior by sending links to unhealthy sites and so on. A big challenge for parents is to know what children are doing on the Internet. With so much access, it is no wonder 62% of teens say that most teens do things online that they wouldn't want their parents to know about. If you feel you would like to do a better job of monitoring your teen's media use, you are not alone. Below are some guides to Lingo to Warn of Parental Monitoring when your teen is on the Internet or messaging device:

POS Parent Over Shoulder

PIR Parent in Room

P911 Parent Alert

PAW Parents Are Watching

KPC Keeping Parents Clueless

Internet Lingo of Social or Sexual Nature

WYCM Will You Call Me

ASL Age/Sex/Location

MorF Male or Female

KFY Kiss For You

MOOS Member(s) Of the Opposite Sex

ADR Address

LMIRL Let's Meet In Real Life

HAK Hugs And Kisses

ILU or ILY I Love You

KOTL Kiss On The Lips

SMIM Send Me an Instant Message

SMEM Send Me an E-Mail

WUF Where Are You From?

WYRN What's Your Real Name?

A Few Emoticons

;) Winking

:*( Crying

#-) Wiped out, partied all night

%*} Inebriated

% Hangover

8-# Death

:->< Puckered up to kiss

Adapted from Parent's Portion of the White House Policy on the Internet



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