More Internet Slang

Just like our kids grow, so does technology. It’s hard to keep up. Today I saw this article about new internet acronyms. Oh boy, just what we need – more to keep up with. Will it ever stop? No. I can guarantee you that. So, if you don’t already, make sure you are checking your child’s device/phone especially if they are a teenager.

From CNN, these are 28 new internet acronyms to be aware of:

  1. IWSN – I want sex now
  2. GNOC – Get naked on camera
  3. NIFOC – Naked in front of 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

Out of that list, I had only heard of two of them. Yikes!

Here’s the full article from CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/08/living/internet-acronyms-every-parent-should-know/

ETA (edited to add) – Another article to read. This has 99 texting acronyms! http://coolmomtech.com/2014/07/texting-acronyms-and-phrases-parents-should-know/

The Digital Footprint

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Never has there been a better time to get involved with your child and social media then now. Our children are growing up fast and in this digital age, it’s important to make sure they are following rules and being careful what they put out there online. We are all building our “digital footprint” which is explained best by the website, cyber(smart:)

 “One of the great things about being online is the ability to share videos and photos with your friends and seeing their response. Everything you post online combines to make your digital footprint. Remember that what you share with your friends may also be viewed by people you don’t know. And once it’s online, it could be there forever. So think before you post.”

What can you do as a parent? Get involved. Find out who they are talking to, what they are posting. Talk to your child about their online presence. The internet is to be used, not abused. There are consequences for posting something inappropriate on the internet – from not getting in to college, not getting a job you wanted or even to being arrested.

Here are some “Rules of the Road for Kids” shared by Common Sense Media.

1. Guard your privacy. What people know about you is up to you.

2. Protect your reputation. Self-reflect before you self-reveal. What’s funny or edgy today could cost you tomorrow.

3. Nothing is private online. Anything you say or do can be copied, pasted, and sent to gazillions of people without your permission.

4. Assume everyone is watching. There’s a huge, vast audience out there. If someone is your friend’s friend, they can see everything.

5. Apply the Golden Rule. If you don’t want it done to you, don’t do it to someone else.

6. Choose wisely. Not all content is appropriate. You know what we mean.

7. Don’t hide. Using anonymity to cloak your actions doesn’t turn you into a trustworthy, responsible human being.

8. Think about what you see. Just because it’s online doesn’t make it true.

9. Be smart, be safe. Not everyone is who they say they are. But you know that.

It’s never too late to talk to your child, big or small, about the internet. It’s a tool that is out there and will only grow no matter how much you resist or ban your kids from using it. Get informed and then talk to your children about it. You’ll probably be surprised what they already are doing online and what they know.  On another day, I’ll share what I found out about my son’s online presence when I Googled his name. Two blogs! Just last week? I had to make him take down a picture and comment snarking on one of his teachers.

Other useful articles to read:

 

Image: “Internet Footprint” by ContentConnect

Internet Safety for Kids

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve talked to my friends about internet safety. Some parents I know don’t know a thing about the internet. Others are scared of it and all too many let their kids surf the web, use social media and don’t know anything about what their kids are doing.

Here are five tips from an article on Online Mom on how to keep kids safe:

  • Be informed. Find out what your child likes to do on the Web, which sites he likes to visit, and which games he plays. Spend time together online and show an interest in what he’s doing.
  •  Start a dialogue. Talk to your child about online safety and be specific about your concerns. Let him know there are safe and unsafe web sites, just as there are safe and unsafe places to go in the real world. Talk about the importance of resisting contact with people he doesn’t know, and immediately telling you about anything that makes him uncomfortable.
  • Protect personal information. Teach your child to respect personal information, both his own and other people’s. Teach him never to share passwords, phone numbers, addresses, or other personal information, and to never post pictures or information about other people without their permission.
  •  Click smart. Teach your child not to open files or click on links unless they are from a trusted source. Talk about the dangers of malware and how viruses can harm files and the performance of the computer.
  •  Install parental controls. Install a top-rated suite of parental controls to protect your home computers and monitor your child’s use. And let your child know that you have installed parental controls; trust is the foundation of good decision-making.

The article also states “If you maintain a dialogue and are consistent in your approach, your child will quickly develop the good online habits that will be so important through the teen years and beyond. Don’t leave it to chance or let others teach your child. Become an online parent today!

Right now, there are no laws for minors and the internet. You, as their parent, are the only one that can keep them safe. Take the time to see what their doing, saying, and talking to.