Be aware of ‘secret’ sexting code that kids use

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In a constantly changing online world it’s easy for parents to get left behind – particularly as language changes in effect leave adults in the dark. As a parent, how much should you monitor your child’s behaviour online, and should you be taking a closer look at what they are texting their peers?

In response to the fears many anxious parents have a police service has issued a list of abbreviations on their Facebook page.

The shortcuts include:

IWSN – I want sex now

A/S/L – Age/Sex/Location

KPC – Keeping parents clueless

GNOC – Get naked on cam

KYS – Kill yourself

WYRL – What’s your real name.

The post was shared more than 2,500 times and most responses were positive or jokey but a small number said the code needed to be kept secret.

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Still, more people have criticised the list as already out of date or not relevant to young people.

A spokesman for Newry and Mourne PSNI said: “As a follow-up to the text talk post just to clarify that this was an American resource and indeed some of the codes may not be being used here but it is something to be aware of if you see cryptic messages on your kid’s devices.

“Also prevention is better than cure so speak to your kids about their online activity, what they are using and respect the age limits of social media platforms – is it proper to set up a kid with a Facebook account at eight years old?

“What is an appropriate age to give your child a smartphone or device and data or wifi access?

“There are hundreds of text talk codes – a simple online search will reveal what any codes you spot actually mean.”

100 up-to-date version of the most common abbreviations.

1. 143 – I love you

2. 2DAY – Today

3. 4EAE – Forever and ever

4. ADN – Any day now

5. AFAIK – As far as I know

6. AFK – Away from keyboard

7. ASL – Age/sex/location

8. ATM – At the moment

9. BFN – Bye for now

10. BOL – Be on later

11. BRB – Be right back

12. BTW – By the way

13. CTN – Can’t talk now

14. DWBH – Don’t worry, be happy

15. F2F or FTF – Face to face

16. FWB – Friends with benefits

17. FYEO – For your eyes only

18. GAL – Get a life

19. GB – Goodbye

20. GLHF – Good luck, have fun

21. GTG – Got to go

22. GYPO – Get your pants off

23. HAK – Hugs and kisses

24. HAND – Have a nice day

25. HTH – Hope this helps / Happy to help

26. HW – Homework

27. IDK – I don’t know

28. IIRC – If I remember correctly

29. IKR – I know, right?

30. ILY / ILU – I love you

31. IM – Instant message

32. IMHO – In my honest opinion / In my humble opinion

33. IMO – In my opinion

34. IRL – In real life

35. IWSN – I want sex now

36. IU2U – It’s up to you

37. IYKWIM – If you know what I mean

38. J/K– Just kidding

39. J4F – Just for fun

40. JIC – Just in case

41. JSYK – Just so you know

42. KFY – Kiss for you

43. KPC – Keeping parents clueless

44. L8 – Late

45. LMBO – Laughing my butt off

46. LMIRL – Let’s meet in real life

47. LMK – Let me know

48. LOL – Laugh out loud

49. LSR – Loser

50. MIRL – Meet in real life

51. MOS – Mom over shoulder

52. NAGI – Not a good idea

53. NIFOC – Nude in front of computer

54. NM – Never mind

55. NMU – Not much, you?

56. NP – No problem

57. NTS – Note to self

58. OIC – Oh I see

59. OMG – Oh my God

60. ORLY – Oh, really?

61. OT – Off topic

62. OTP – On the phone

63. P911 – Parent alert

64. PAW – Parents are watching

65. PCM – Please call me

66. PIR – Parent in room

67. PLS or PLZ – Please

68. PPL – People

69. POS – Parents over shoulder

70. PTB – Please text back

71. QQ – Crying. This abbreviation produces an emotion in text. It’s often used sarcastically.

72. RAK – Random act of kindness

73. RL – Real life

74. ROFL – Rolling on the floor laughing

75. RT – Retweet

76. RUOK – Are you okay?

77. SMH – Shaking my head

78. SOS – Someone over shoulder

79. SRSLY – Seriously

80. SSDD – Same stuff, different day

81. SWAK – Sealed with a kiss

82. SWYP – So, what’s your problem?

83. SYS – See you soon

84. TBC – To be continued

85. TDTM – Talk dirty to me

86. TIME – Tears in my eyes

8 7. WYCM – Will you call me?

88. TMI – Too much information

89. TMRW – Tomorrow

90. TTYL – Talk to you later

91. TY or TU – Thank you

92. VSF – Very sad face

93. WB – Welcome back

94. WTH – What the heck?

95. WTPA – Where the party at?

96. WYCM – Will you call me?

97. YGM – You’ve got mail

98. YOLO – You only live once

99. YW – You’re welcome

100. ZOMG – Oh my God (sarcastic)

101. 182 – I hate you

102. 420 – Marijuana

103. ADR – Address

104. CD9 – Code 9 – it means parents are around

105. ILU – I Love You

106. KOTL – Kiss On The Lips

107. LMIRL – Let’s Meet In Real Life

108. NIFOC – Nude In Front Of The Computer

109. P999 – Parent Alert

110. PAL – Parents Are Listening -or- Peace And Love

111. RU/18 – Are You Over 18?

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