Decoding teen text-speak

decoding teen text speak

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 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.