Learn how to decode your child’s text slang below.
Teenagers all over the world are now using text messaging as their greatest form of communication. The problem is, as a parent do you REALLY know what they are texting their friends?
Texting has become an easy and quick way to communicate which is not a bad thing. It’s only dangerous when your 15 year old is texting his friends about smoking pot – and you don’t even know anything about it.
Parents may think that their child is ready to have a phone, but they have created a slang language for texting to code the things that they don’t want their parents to find out about.
Titania Jordan, from Bark, spoke with USA Today about the dangers of young teenagers having cell phones. She even spoke about some of the codes used to prevent parents from really knowing what they are talking about.
“Bark is a tool that parents can use to keep kids safe without directly monitoring all of their accounts yourself every day. It’s an app that allows parents to connect their children’s email and social media accounts like Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook and then monitors the communication taking place in those accounts in the background, 24/7, 365 days a year.
The app finds potential issues of depression, suicidal thoughts, cyber-bullying, sexting, and other inappropriate communication online and on social media, by using keywords, data science, and machine learning. If it detects potential issues, the app sends an alert to your phone via email or text, and then offers solutions to help with the presented issues.”
Thankfully, she went over a few of the codes to inform parents all over the country what their child might really be talking about in their text messages. These are the things that you DON’T want to see on your child’s phone.
Dabbing = It’s a popular dance move, but it’s also a concentrated form of cannabis, so when your kids are talking about dabbing, you want to make sure they aren’t smoking pot.
Basic = Can be an insulting, derogatory term meaning “You are not unique”, or are just “generic”.
CD9 = Code 9, there are parents around. Do not say anything you don’t want them to know about.
53X = Short for “sex”.
KMS = Kill Myself. You do not want to see this on your kids’ phone.
MOS = Mom over the shoulder. See CD9 above.
WTTP = Want to trade pictures, meaning trading nude photos. NO. You don’t.
ADR = Address. Your child should not be sharing identifiable information like their location with people in chatrooms or over text messages
This is so scary!! Check your kids phones ASAP!