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Look out for online threats to kids

Published:Monday | January 5, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Look out for online threats to kids

Sometimes it feels like parents and teens don't speak the same language. When it comes to texting, chatting and emailing, that's literally true. If you've looked at any teen's communications, you'll see them sprinkled with acronyms and shorthand that make little or no sense to you.

Those letters and numbers are an ever-evolving codes that kids learn from their friends. Some acronyms really are harmless, like the now-common LOL, but there are many that aren't. If you see the following acronyms on your kids' gadgets, it's time for a serious talk.

A quick note on LOL: While most people use this as "laugh out loud", there are people who use it as "lots of love". This can lead to unfortunate cases where you end up "laughing" at someone's tragic news.

Some acronym meanings are very direct and can be somewhat shocking.

Your child has something to hide

CD9: Short for "Code 9," which means parents are around.

KPC: Keeping Parents Clueless

MOS: Mom Over Shoulder

P911: Parent Alert

PAL: Parents Are Listening

PAW: Parents Are Watching

PIR: Parent In Room

POS: Parent Over Shoulder

Your kid's personal

information or safety is at risk

ASL: Age/Sex/Location

F2F: Face-to-face; asking for a meeting or video chat

LMIRL: Let's Meet In Real Life

NAZ: Name/Address/ZIP

MOOS: Member of the Opposite Sex

MOSS: Member of the Same Sex

MORF or RUMORF: Male or Female, or Are Your Male or Female?

RU/18: Are You Over 18?

WUF: Where You From?

WYCM: Will You Call Me?

WYRN: What's Your Real Name?

Your kid shouldn't be

involved in this

143, 459 or ILU: I love you

1174: Invited to a wild party

420: Marijuana

GNOC: Get Naked On Cam

GYPO: Get Your Pants/Panties Off

- Taken from USA Today