Teens have always created their own language. And it changes all the time. Now with smartphones and technology, they seem to write it just as much as they actually speak it. While you don’t want to spy on them, you do need to have a basic understanding of what it all means. In this episode we decode teen texting acronyms and slang that parents need to know.
In this episode we discuss…
-A list of teen texting acronyms and slang that parents need to know including:
- Cap/No cap
- Burn note
- The plug
- Giving up the gold
-Why you need to make sure you know what an acronym means before you use it
-Making sure your kids know how to figure out who they are really talking to online
-Apps that can help you monitor your kid’s digital life
Now no one knows your kids better than you. And you know if your gut is telling you you need to check their phone or get some more intel on who they’re talking to and what they are doing on their phone. So I’m sharing a few resources to help you monitor your kid’s digital life.
Gryphon is a security router with a parental control system that uses an app to allow you to monitor, block and disconnect internet service on your teen’s devices. You can also monitor browsing history, even if it’s been deleted.
Teen Orbit lets you monitor the following call history, text messages, photos, websites, contacts, GPS location and more—all without downloading anything on their phone. You also receive daily activity report emails on your account.
Qustodio lets you set time limits for games and apps or block apps you don’t want from running altogether. You can view texts and calls and monitor time spend on some social media apps.
MMGuardian lets you monitor texts and messages from some social media apps, set time limits for phone usage and create a block list from bad influences, cyberbullies or anyone else you don’t want your teen in contact with. You can also receive an alert when a message content related to cyberbullying, drugs, suicidal thoughts, violence or if a saved image is inappropriate.
Even good kids do stupid things every now and then. So understanding the texting acronyms and slang that today’s teens are using just adds another layer to their online safety. Have regular conversations about dangers and consequences of engaging in risky behavior online and create social media and cell phone rules along with utilizing any of the resources I mentioned, if you think you need to. These things together will help increase the chances of them making good decisions about the content they share and staying safe online.