If you thought you knew all about acronyms used on social media, think again.
Acronyms like ‘LOL’ (for ‘laugh out loud’), ‘ROTFL’ (for ‘roll on the floor laughing’), LMAO (for ‘laughing my ass off’), ‘LMK’ (for ‘let me know’), ‘BRB’ (for ‘be right back’), etc is nothing compared to this list.
What about ‘IWSN’ or ‘GNOC’ or even just a number, ‘8’? These acronyms actually mean ‘I want sex now’ for ‘IWSN’, ‘Get naked on camera’ for ‘GNOC’ and as for that single digit, ‘8’, that stands for ‘ate’, which refers to oral sex.
Recently, CNN came up with a list of internet acronyms that were collated by Kelly Wallace, with the help of an internet safety expert, Katie Greer. Greer’s research has found that the majority of teens feel that their parents are keeping tabs on them online and thus, to get away from the watchful eyes of parents, these acronyms are used to convey secret messages to people they’re chatting with. And because these acronyms are so unusual, the meaning of their conversations are quite easily hidden from their parents.
These 28 cyber acronyms were featured in a report by CNN about teenagers’ secret online language:
1. IWSN – I want sex now
2. GNOC – Get naked on camera
3. NIFOC – Naked in front of a computer
4. PIR – Parent in room
5 CU46 – See you for sex
6. 53X – Sex
7. 9 – Parent watching
8. 99 – Parent gone
9. 1174′ – Party meeting place
10. THOT – That hoe over there
11. CID – Acid (the drug)
12. Broken – Hungover from alcohol
13. 420 – Marijuana
14. POS – Parent over shoulder
15. SUGARPIC – Suggestive or erotic photo
16. KOTL – Kiss on the lips
17. (L)MIRL – Let’s meet in real life
18. PRON – Porn
19. TDTM – Talk dirty to me
20. 8 – Oral sex
21. CD9 – Parents around/Code 9
22. IPN – I’m posting naked
23. LH6 – Let’s have sex
24. WTTP – Want to trade pictures?
25. DOC – Drug of choice
26. TWD – Texting while driving
27. GYPO – Get your pants off
28. KPC– Keeping parents clueless
According to another expert, Jonathan Baggaley, Head of Education at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre in the U.K., he too says that the best way to protect teenagers from the dangers online is to keep up a conversation about their online lives. Baggely leads the delivery of its award-winning Thinkuknow online safety program for young people, parents, carers, and educators. He says that for today’s young people, there is no line between the online and offline world.
The internet is a socializing tool that teenagers use daily. In order to be a support to them, he advises parents to be there for them online as well as off-line. Baggaley also advises parents to set boundaries online to teenagers and children, just as a parent would in the real world.
We’re not saying that every child or teen will be using these acronyms. However, when it comes to learning as much as possible when it comes to your child, we’re sure that it’s better to be safe than sorry. More importantly, the more knowledge one knows, the more we’re aware and thus, we’re better equipped to look out for potential situations.