MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - My elementary-aged cousins can operate my iPhone better than I can. I admit, the kids are more tech-savvy than me.
I shouldn't be surprised. When I was a teenager, my mother had one of the first car phones, but it was in a bag and had a cord. Just a few years later, we learned how to use smartphones together, and we're still learning.
This generation is so far ahead when it comes to cell phones, PDAs, tablets and the latest technology. That's why its so important as adults to monitor their activity and know what they're doing to ensure they are protected for any potential harm.
That's why we've composed this list of text and instant messaging acronyms that every parent should know:
ASL = Age/Sex/Location
BIL = Boss is Listening
BYOW - Bring Your Own Wine
CD9 = Code 9, parents are around
CICYHM = Can I Copy Your Homework?
COBRAS = Come On By Right After School
CU46 = See You For Sex
DOC = Drug Of Choice
DWI = Driving While Intoxicated
EIP = Eggo Is Preggo
FSBO = For Sale By Owner
FTF = Face To Face
GAB = Getting A Beer
KPC = Keeping Parents Clueless
LMIRL = Let's Meet In Real Life
NAZ = Name/Address/Zip
NIFOC = Nude In Front Of Computer
NSFW = Not Safe For Work
P911 = Parent Alert
PAL/PAW = Parents Are Listening/Parents Are Watching
RU/18 = Are You Over 18?
S2R = Send to Receive (photo)
WTG4a%/ = Want To Go For A Drink?
WTPA = Where's The Party At?
XTC = Ecstasy
Some of these acronyms may seem harmless out of context, but if used in a text or online conversations, could be signs of harmful or illegal behavior. They could also indicate when someone posing as another teen is trying to engage your child in an inappropriate relationship.
Be sure to have a talk with your teen about texting. It is never ok to share personal information - such as your address, age, and current location - with someone you don't know. If you suspect a stranger is contacting your child, call police.
Netlingo.com has the most complete list of texting and instant messaging acronyms here: http://www.netlingo.com/acronyms.php.
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