We’re all familiar with teenage slang words. Whether you grew up with “Awesome Possum” in the 1970s, “Totally!” in the 1980s, or “That’s killer, man” in the 1990s, you’ve likely rattled off your share of popular teen words that had your parents rolling their eyeballs.
Teenagers speak another language - let’s call it “teenagese.” That part hasn’t changed. What has changed, with the advent of the Internet and text chats is Internet slang words. While it’s always been difficult for adults to translate teenagese, Internet and text slang is made more complicated via the use of acronyms and shorthand.
Some of the teenage slang words are innocent. Take these for example:
- TTYL (talk to you later)
- BFF (best friends forever)
- BFN (bye for now)
- LOL (laughing out loud)
You may be familiar with these - heck, you might even use them in your own texts and IMs. However, teenagers - being the inventive creatures that they are - have developed a new codified language that parents often cannot decipher. For example, are you familiar with these popular teen words?
- DOC – Drug of choice
- PIR - Parent in the Room
- GYPO – Get your pants off
- PRON – Porn
- SUGARPIC – Suggestive or erotic photo
- LH6 – Let’s have sex
- (L)MIRL – Let’s meet in real life
This is by no means an exhaustive list. Teenage slang words are constantly evolving, and with the Internet - it evolves faster than ever before. It’s tough for parents to stay abreast of text slang shorthand. All a parent can do with a limited teenagese vocabulary is frequently Google the translations. Or, they can take the easier route and rely on parental control software like Familoop Safeguard.
Familoop Safeguard for Android monitors your teen’s texting and chats over social media (Facebook, Twitter, Skype, with more social networks and messengers added all the time). Familoop’s proprietary software analyzes texts and red-flags inappropriate words, phrases, or acronyms – even the ones that you may not be familiar with. After taking context into account, Familoop Safeguard will notify parents of any text slang that may be potentially dangerous for your child. Our dictionaries are both automatically and manually updated frequently, ensuring we’re on top of the latest teenage slang.