Parents, here's a pop quiz. When your 16-year-old daughter texts her boyfriend the number 8, do you know what it means? How about KPC or IWSN?
Sit down for this. The number 8 means oral sex. KPC means "Keeping Parents Clueless," and IWSN means "I Want Sex Now."
While about 20 percent of teenagers admit to "sexting"--sending nude or partially nude photos via a cell phone text message--many more than that use what can appear to be a secret code to communicate a laundry list of sexual desires and plans.
Netlingo.com has helpfully decoded 50 popular chat words--words that every parent should know:
1. 8 - Oral sex
2. 1337 - Elite -or- leet -or- L337
3. 143 - I love you
4. 182 - I hate you
5. 1174 - Nude club
6. 420 - Marijuana
7. 459 - I love you
8. ADR - Address
9. AEAP - As Early As Possible
10. ALAP - As Late As Possible
11. ASL - Age/Sex/Location
12. CD9 - Code 9 - it means parents are around
13. C-P - Sleepy
14. F2F - Face-to-Face
15. GNOC - Get Naked On Cam
16. GYPO - Get Your Pants Off
17. HAK - Hugs And Kisses
18. ILU - I Love You
19. IWSN - I Want Sex Now
20. J/O - Jerking Off
21. KOTL - Kiss On The Lips
22. KFY -or- K4Y - Kiss For You
23. KPC - Keeping Parents Clueless
24. LMIRL - Let's Meet In Real Life
25. MOOS - Member Of The Opposite Sex
26. MOSS - Member(s) Of The Same Sex
27. MorF - Male or Female
28. MOS - Mom Over Shoulder
29. MPFB - My Personal F*** Buddy
30. NALOPKT - Not A Lot Of People Know That
31. NIFOC - Nude In Front Of The Computer
32. NMU - Not Much, You?
33. P911 - Parent Alert
34. PAL - Parents Are Listening
35. PAW - Parents Are Watching
36. PIR - Parent In Room
37. POS - Parent Over Shoulder -or- Piece Of Sh**
38. pron - porn
39. Q2C - Quick To Cum
40. RU/18 - Are You Over 18?
41. RUMORF - Are You Male OR Female?
42. RUH - Are You Horny?
43. S2R - Send To Receive
44. SorG - Straight or Gay
45. TDTM - Talk Dirty To Me
46. WTF - What The F***
47. WUF - Where You From
48. WYCM - Will You Call Me?
49. WYRN - What's Your Real Name?
50. zerg - To gang up on someone
What can parents do if they suspect their children are sexting? Talk to your kids! Choose a relaxed time and setting. Ask your teen about sexting and express how you feel in a conversational, non-confrontational way. "A two-way dialog can go a long way toward helping your kids understand how to minimize legal, social and reputation risks," says ConnectSafely.org.
If your child has already sent a nude photo, ConnectSafely.org advises parents to do the following:
- Tell your child to stop immediately.
- Explain the legal risk of being charged with producing and distributing child pornography.
- Find out why your child sent the nude photo. Was it impulsive? Was it part of a teen romance? Or was it a form of harassment?
- If a nude photo of someone else has been received by your child, find out if it has been forwarded. Emphasize the legal reasons why it should not be forwarded--to anyone or for any reason.
- If appropriate, talk to other teens and parents who are involved.
- If there was malice or criminal intent, you may want to contact an attorney or the police. Just be aware that once you involve law enforcement officials, child pornography charges could be filed against anyone involved--even your own child.
--From the Editors at Netscape