OK all you Hudson Valley Mom’s and Dad’s let’s talk teen text-speak. I’ll give you an example of a text between two teens and you guess what is actually being said –
Kim – OMG CRAFT last pm
Ashley – Keep that BYAM
Kim – 4YEO
Ashley – WTPA
Kim – IDK lets MRL
To anyone who isn’t able to decipher teen text-speak this looks like a bunch of random letters. Let’s break it down line by line.
Kim – Oh my god can’t remember a fu#@*%* thing from last night
Ashley – Keep that between you and me
Kim – For your eyes only
Ashley – Where the party at
Kim – I don’t know lets meet in real life
That jumble of seemingly random letters actually means something and that something is what a lot of teen’s parents fear. Cell phones and computers have made it easier for all of us to remain connected but it has also made it very easy for many teens to live almost secret lives.
Here’s a short list of teen text-speak that every parent should know-
AITR – adult in the room
303 – Mom
PAW – Parents are watching
PA911 – Parent alert
99 – Parents gone
RU/18 – Are you over 18
NSA – No strings attached
420 – Pot
LH6 – Let’s have sex
WTTP – Want to trade pictures
DOC – Drug of choice
GNOC – Get naked on camera
Wondering what the other odd letter/symbol/numbers on your teens texts mean? Check out this article from coolmomtech.com for a list of 99 teen text-speak items you should know. One of the hardest things we have to do as parents is keep our teens safe from their own poor choices. When we were teens we did lots of stupid things but our children have the capacity to make our poor choices seem like the teacup ride at Disneyland. Keeping an eye on your teen’s texting habits could help you help them to make better choices.
Want to know who your teen is chatting with, Skypeing, or what websites they access? There’s an app for that – mSpy. There are many apps that can stop your teen from texting and driving too! All of this seems more like a James Bond flick and less like parenting doesn’t it?
We at HVA cannot “insure” that your teen will never text and drive, but we can “insure” that they have quality car insurance that they can afford.