Getting Down With The Kids – Internet Slang for Dummies!

By on Jan 11, 2013

Whenever my boys come home with a new buzz word or saying, I instantly feel like a dinosaur.

Whether it is ‘noob’ or ‘epic fail’ (all said with a huge dose of attitude!) the linguistic chasm between us just seems to get wider.

But when it comes to kids’ online vocab, I am a big believer in developing a full understanding! As parents it is our job to protect our kids both online and offline. So ensuring you have a full understanding of what your kids are doing and saying online is imperative.

It is no secret that kids are using a complex series of acronyms to communicate with each other online. So, in the interests of fostering a greater understanding (and ensuring you have a bit of ‘tech cred’), here is a list of the most commonly used slang and its meaning:

LOL – Laugh Out Loud (not lots of love)

POTS – Parents Over Shoulder

CD9 – Code 9 which means parents are about

KPC – Keeping Parents Clueless

PAW – Parents Are Watching

POP – Parents On Prowl

ROFL – Rolling On The Floor Laughing

1,2,3,4,5 – Typing the numerals 1 to 5 means parent are reading the screen

NMU – Not Much, You?

BRB – Be Right Back

IDK – I Don’t Know

ASL – Age, Sex, Location

Has anyone noticed a theme? Yes – lots of effort goes into ensuring that ‘us parents’ are not able to view our teens’ online activity!  In a recent study entitled The Secret Life of Teens by McAfee it was shown that 67% of Australian teens aged 13-19 said their parents do not know everything they do online.

Mmmm! So next time you are shoulder surfing your teen, look out for the Internet slang – it may just help you understand your teen a little bit more.

Till next time.

Alex

About the Author

Cybermum Australia

Alex Merton-McCann McAfee’s Cybermum in Australia, Alex, is a mother of four boys aged 13 to 20, who juggles family, work, home life, sporting commitments, hobbies and her children’s ever growing social lives (on and offline). Like many Australian parents, Alex has concerns about the safety of her children, who are growing up in an ...

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