CNN’s digital correspondent and editor-at-large covering family, career and life, Kelly Wallace have put together a list of some of the internet acronyms commonly used by savvy teenagers on social media and texting apps to hide their conversations from attentive parents.
According to her, most parents are unaware of what these acronyms mean and Wallace thinks every parent should know as most of them may look innocent but are really dangerous.
Wallace, who is a mother herself and has two teenage children says she did not know what these acronyms mean until they were interpreted to her. And according to her, having two teens means she should have known, but like most parents, she did not.
Wallace says knowing the slang teenagers use will help the parents in signalling dangerous behaviour from their children. For example, PIR means “Parents In Room” and teens use it when they want to discuss something they know their parents will not approve of. Another one is “GNOC,” that might seem innocent without knowing what it means. But in reality, it means “Get Naked On Camera.”
Also, while the acronym POS may mean “Point of sale” in the business world. Teenagers actually use it to warm their chat partners a parent is watching their conversation and it means, “Parent over shoulder“. Such codes signal a teen is about to say something that may be inappropriate or not tolerated by the parent.
Below is the full list of the 28 internet acronyms every parent should know as compiled by CNN’s Kelly Wallace.
- 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
- KPC– Keeping parents clueless