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Inappropriate Text Codes | Dictionary for Parents

Did your kids get a new mobile, tablet or computer for Christmas? Or perhaps they are already ‘across’ the digital world? We’ve done our own research and found some potentially worrying text codes that kids are using to communicate with each other.

Kids are, much like we were when we were kids, trying to fly ‘under the radar’ of their parents with text code and shortened words to communicate with each other. Some of this behaviour is just tyring to ‘look cool’ with their friends, of course, but some of these behaviours, and in particular these text codes are really alarming and you NEED to know about it NOW!

Teenage girls calling on the mobile phones

28 Text codes and acronyms parents MUST know

1. IWSN – I want s*x now

2. GNOC – Get naked on camera

3. NIFOC – Naked in front of computer

4. PIR – Parent in room

5 CU46 – See you for s*x

6. 53X – S*x

7. 9 – Parent watching

8. 99 – Parent gone

9. 1174 – Party meeting place

10. THOT – That hoe over there

11. CID – Acid (the drug)

12. Broken – Hungover from alcohol

13. 420 – Marijuana

14. POS – Parent over shoulder

15. SUGARPIC – Suggestive or erotic photo

16. KOTL – Kiss on the lips

17. (L)MIRL – Let’s meet in real life

18. PRON – P*rn

19. TDTM – Talk dirty to me

20. 8 – Oral s*x

21. CD9 – Parents around/Code 9

22. IPN – I’m posting naked

23. LH6 – Let’s have s*x

24. WTTP – Want to trade pictures?

25. DOC – Drug of choice

26. TWD – Texting while driving

27. GYPO – Get your pants off

28. KPC– Keeping parents clueless

Monitoring your kids mobile behaviour

Of course there are apps that parents can invest in to keep track of what they kids are doing on their mobile devices. The app Teensafe, launched in Australia in 2015, can monitor your child’s behaviour on their device. You can read all the iPhone or Android text messages your child has sent and received.

You can also view their phone call logs, phone contacts and web browsing history, and monitor Instagram and WhatsApp activity. TeenSafe also uses the phone’s GPS to track its location on a map! The flipside of the ‘monitoring’ conversation is the one about ‘trust’. What message does this send to your children if you are installing apps to monitor their conversations and behaviours? Read more about the importance of trust in parent/child relationships here

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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