Between TBH (to be honest) and lit, it's nearly impossible to keep up with the lingo that teens are using on their smartphones. Unfortunately, more and more code words are popping up that allow teens to secretly send vulgar message even under the watch of their parents. Luckily, there's to stay in the loop.
According to , the Humberside Police in the United Kingdom handed out a sexting code sheet cheat to worried parents to help protect their children from secretly exchanging explicit messages. Although we haven't seen a copy of it, the Daily Mail and say the sheet contains acronyms like "IWSN" meaning "I want sex now" and "PAW," which is used to alert message receivers that parents are watching.
A similar guide was created by the . It reveals a long list of codes, as well as alternative meanings behind certain emojis.
The Humberside Police that their decision to release their own report came after "numerous reports of young people sharing sexual, naked or semi-naked images of themselves, also known as sexting." They also offered the follow tips for discussing this tricky topic with your child:
- "Don't accuse them of sexting but do explain the dangers and legal issues.
- Tell them what can happen when things go wrong.
- It may be easier to use examples such as television programs or news stories.
- Talk about whether a person who asks for an image from you might also be asking other people for images.
- If children are sending images to people they trust, they might not think there's much risk involved. Use examples of when friends or partners have had a falling-out and what might happen to the images if this happens."
The also has its own advice on how parents can help prevent their kids from sending photos and messages they will later regret.