When I was a kid I remember passing my girlfriends notes in school, all written in pink ink and folded like a star or triangle, with “code words” mingled in with my sentences like NKOTB, ASAP, or TGIF- not very exciting right?
Today’s teens do things a little differently. Texting has replaced doodled note passing in the hall, and acronyms are a much easier way to short hand a message.
There’re some acronyms that parents should be cautious about, which may be dangerous in nature or have sexual connotations.
(L)MIRL – Let’s meet in real life
IPN – I’m posting naked
DOC – Drug of choice
WTTP – Want to trade pictures?
PRON – Porn
PIR – Parent in room
SUGARPIC – Suggestive or erotic photo
GYPO – Get your pants off
TDTM – Talk dirty to me
Trying to stay one step ahead of popular texting acronyms and have a frank and honest discussion with your kids on what’s appropriate and whats not, might save them from bigger issues later on down the road.
Its not just NKOTB anymore- its much more serious. Play it safe and stay current and up-to-date with the trends your teen may be following.