Look out for tech talk 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 teens 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, its 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 someones 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 kids personal information or safety is at risk
F2F: Face-to-face; asking for a meeting or video chat
LMIRL: Lets Meet In Real Life
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: Whats Your Real Name?
Your kid shouldnt be involved in this
143, 459 or ILU: I love you
1174: Invited to a wild party
GNOC: Get Naked On Cam
GYPO: Get Your Pants/Panties Off
Taken from USA Today