By Cammie Jones

 

As a mom of two teenagers, I am well aware of all the acronyms they use when texting and instant messaging. It is unbelievable the number of shortened words or numbers they use on a daily basis. As I say I am well aware of the acronyms my girls use, I truly have no idea what they all mean, nor do I desire to. However, in the best interest of the safety of my children and to satisfy my curiosity, I need to know what most of them mean and also have a place to go to learn the ones I don’t. So, it is with great pleasure that I was assigned this article because I am feeling a little more on top of things around here!

I found a long list of acronyms at the safesurfingkids.com website. (http://www.safesurfingkids.com/chat_room_internet_acronyms.htm) There are many other sites including noslang.com and nolingo.com where you can also go, enter in the “slang” term and it will tell you what the acronym means. Anything you need to decipher is here—from the most innocent such as 10Q (Thank You) to the most disturbing like GNOC (Get Naked on Camera). Who knew there were so many quick ways to say things? I have compiled a couple of lists that I feel every parent should be aware of when monitoring their kids’ texts and instant messages. 

Not As “Disturbing” Acronyms

143: I love you
2DAY: Today
4EAE: For ever and ever
ADN: Any day now
AFAIK: As far as I know
AFK: Away from keyboard
ATM: At the moment
B/C: Because
B4: Before
BF / GF: Boyfriend / Girlfriend
BFN: Bye for now
BOL: Be on later
BRB: Be right back
BTW: By the way
DM: Direct Message
DWBH: Don’t worry, be happy
F2F or FTF: Face to face
FB: Facebook
FTL: For the loss / For the lose
FTW: For the win
FWIW: For what it’s worth
FYEO: For your eyes only
FYI: For your information
GLHF: Good luck, have fun
GR8: Great
HAK: Hugs and kisses
HAND: Have a nice day
HT or H/T: Hat tip or heard through (usually referencing news or an informative link)
HTH: Hope this helps / Happy to help
IANAL: I am not a lawyer
IDK: I don’t know
IIRC: If I remember correctly
IKR: I know, right?
ILY / ILU: I love you
IMHO: In my honest opinion / In my humble opinion
IMO: In my opinion
IRL: In real life
IU2U: It’s up to you
IYKWIM: If you know what I mean
J/K: Just kidding
J4F: Just for fun
JIC: Just in case
JSYK: Just so you know
K or KK: Okay
LMBO: Laughing my butt off
LMK: Let me know
LOL: Laughing out loud
MSM: Mainstream media
NAGI: Not a good idea
NM: Never mind
NMU: Not much, you?
NP: No problem or Now playing
NSFW: Not safe for work.
NSFL: Not safe for life. 
NTS: Note to self
OH: Overheard
OMG: Oh my gosh
ORLY: Oh, really?
PAW: Parents are watching
PLS or PLZ: Please
PPL: People
PTB: Please text back
RAK: Random act of kindness
RL: Real life
ROFL: Rolling on the floor laughing
RUOK: Are you okay? 
SMH: Shaking my head
SRSLY: Seriously
SSDD: Same stuff, different day
SWAK: Sealed with a kiss
SWYP: So, what’s your problem?
TIA: Thanks in advance
TIME: Tears in my eyes
TMB: Tweet me back
TMI: Too much information
TMRW: Tomorrow
TTYL: Talk to you later
TY or TU: Thank you
VSF: Very sad face
WB: Welcome back
WTH: What the heck?
WTPA: Where the party at?
WYCM: Will you call me?
YGM: You’ve got mail
YMMV: Your mileage may vary
YW: You’re welcome
ZOMG: Oh my gosh (sarcastic)

Disturbing Acronyms

IWSN: I want sex now
GNOC: Get naked on camera
NIFOC: Naked in front of computer
PIR: Parent in room
CU46: See you for sex
53X: Sex
9: Parent watching
99: Parent gone
1174’: Party meeting place
THOT: That hoe over there
CID: Acid (the drug)
Broken: Hungover from alcohol
420: Marijuana
POS: Parent over shoulder
SUGARPIC: Suggestive or erotic photo
KOTL: Kiss on the lips
(L)MIRL: Let’s meet in real life
PRON: Porn
TDTM: Talk dirty to me
8: Oral sex
CD9: Parents around/Code 9
IPN: I’m posting naked
LH6: Let’s have sex
WTTP: Want to trade pictures?
DOC: Drug of choice
TWD: Texting while driving
GYPO: Get your pants off
FWB: Friends with benefits
KPC: Keeping parents clueless

The list is endless, but the key to knowing these terms is to be aware of what they mean for the most part and casually let your teens know that you know what they mean. Or you may want to play dumb as you monitor your kids’ texts and let them believe you don’t understand. Either way, knowledge is power. Remember, they want to KPC*.  But you can definitely monitor what they are saying to one another and call them out as needed, IYKWIM.** 

* Keeping parents clueless

**If you know what I mean

This article appears in the September 2016 issue of Augusta Family Magazine.
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