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Social Media Language That Parents Must Know

The rise of social media did not just made way for various social media management and marketing platforms. In some ways, it created a sort of disparity between the language typically used by adults and the internet slang that many teenagers are using. Communication gap – this is a problem that a lot of adults can relate too especially when dealing with teens. Teens easily come up with codes to keep secrets and to leave parents clueless about their activities. For parents, it became a freaky idea that their children are speaking a language that they absolutely don’t know!

The Popularity of Social Media Language Used By Teens

You might worry because of the changing languages that you hear from your child but there are reasons behind this ‘social media phenomenon’:

  1. Heavy use of social media

Teenagers who get access to social media and spend a lot of time browsing one channel after the other can easily be acquainted with Internet slang. The more they spend time on social media, the greater chance for them to explore languages used by others.

  1. Facebook as the preferred social scene among teens

Facebook is still the number 1 channel for social media users, particularly teens. Naturally, teens socialize with people belonging to the same age bracket and it will be easier for them to acquire behavior and languages that their contemporaries also use.

Social media has brought tremendous impact in our lives that it even made way for new languages to emerge. For teens, use of social media language is cool and exciting. But for those who want to connect and know what their children are up to, it can be as easy as widening your vocabulary and discovering what those letters actually mean!

DWBH, this article will not be KPC for long. Read on to know the meanings behind the codes that teens use on their devices. HTH!

Social Media Language That Parents Should Know

With a little research and patience, you will be breaking the communication barrier between you and your teenage child, here are some of the social media codes commonly used by teens including the basics, as well as the out of this world abbreviations:

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Level 1: The Basic Codes To Know:

  • 143 - I love you
  • 2DAY – Today
  • BFN - Bye for now
  • BOL - Be on later
  • BRB – Be right back
  • BTW – By the way
  • ADN - Any day now
  • GB – Goodbye
  • GTG - Got to go
  • IDK - I don’t know
  • IKR - I know, right?
  • ILY / ILU - I love you
  • IM - Instant message
  • ATM - At the moment
  • HW Homework
  • LMK - Let me know
  • LOL - Laugh out loud
  • L8 Late
  • NM - Never mind
  • NMU - Not much, you?
  • NP - No problem
  • NTS - Note to self
  • OIC - Oh I see
  • OMG - Oh my God
  • ORLY - Oh, really?
  • OT - Off topic
  • OTP - On the phone
  • PLS or PLZ - Please
  • PPL – People
  • WYCM - Will you call me?
  • TMI - Too much information
  • TMRW - Tomorrow
  • TTYL - Talk to you later
  • TY or TU - Thank you
  • VSF - Very sad face
  • WB - Welcome back
  • WTH - What the heck?
  • WTPA - Where the party at?
  • WYCM – Will you call me?
  • YGM - You’ve got mail
  • YW - You’re welcome
  • ZOMG - Oh my God
  • ROFL - Rolling on the floor laughing
  • RT – Retweet


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Level 2: Codes with Moderate Difficulty

  • GLHF - Good luck, have fun
  • IIRC - If I remember correctly
  • 4EAE - For ever and ever
  • AFAIK – As far as I know
  • AFK – Away from keyboard
  • ASL - Age/sex/location
  • CTN - Can’t talk now
  • DWBH - Don’t worry, be happy
  • HAND - Have a nice day
  • HTH - Hope this helps / Happy to help
  • IMHO - In my honest opinion / In my humble opinion
  • IMO – In my opinion
  • IRL - In real life
  • GAL – Get a life
  • J/K - Just kidding
  • J4F - Just for fun
  • JIC - Just in case
  • JSYK – Just so you know
  • KFY – Kiss for you
  • LSR Loser
  • F2F or FTF - Face to face
  • FWB - Friends with benefits
  • FYEO - For your eyes only
  • IU2U - It’s up to you
  • IYKWIM - If you know what I mean
  • LMBO - Laughing my butt off
  • NAGI - Not a good idea
  • PCM - Please call me
  • PTB - Please text back
  • RUOK - Are you okay?
  • SMH - Shaking my head
  • SRSLY - Seriously
  • SSDD - Same stuff, different day
  • SWAK - Sealed with a kiss
  • SWYP - So, what’s your problem?
  • SYS - See you soon
  • TBC - To be continued
  • YOLO - You only live once

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Level 3: Codes that Hit the ‘Parent Alert’ Button

  • GYPO - Get your pants off
  • HAK - Hugs and kisses
  • IWSN – I want sex now
  • KPC - Keeping parents clueless
  • LMIRL – Let’s meet in real life
  • MIRL - Meet in real life
  • MOS - Mom over shoulder
  • NIFOC - Nude in front of computer
  • P911 - Parent alert
  • PAW - Parents are watching
  • POS - Parents over shoulder
  • PIR – Parent in room
  • SOS - Someone over shoulder
  • TDTM -Talk dirty to me
  • TIME - Tears in my eyes

There you have the list of the social media languages that your teen may be using. While there are social media tools that you can learn, you should also take time to know how teens communicate!

The next time you see them texting SOS or PAW to a friend, you should know that you are acts are noticed. However, it is definitely NAGI to just shrug your shoulders if your child uses codes such as NIFOC, GYPO, and IWSN… these could mean that it’s time to have a heart to heart talk with your child and know what they’re really up to!

About the Author:

Jessica Smith is the Editorial Executive of Postific, a free social media management software created to help businesses increase social engagement and reach more customers.

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