Think you and your colleagues throw around a lot of acronyms in work meetings and Zoom calls? Chances are your CAL (company acronym list) pales in comparison to the number of acronyms, slang words and chat codes kids commonly use online. While most are harmless abbreviations and simply quicker to type than the full expression, there are plenty being used to keep parents in the dark about plans, behaviours and conversations.
While adolescent peer-to-peer communication is going to have, and be, its own form of language, it’s important for parents to understand the lingo being shared so children can be supported and helped if any issues or risks arise.
Here’s a list of 20 acronyms kids are using online to keep things hidden from parents:
- 9 - Parent watching
- 99 - Parent gone
- afcpmgo - away from computer parents may go on
- bbp - banned by parents
- cd9 - Parents around/Code 9
- ctpc - Can’t talk parent(s) coming
- ctpos - can't talk parent over shoulder
- epa - emergency parent alert
- kpc- Keeping parents clueless
- mpaw - my parents are watching
- nb,p - nothing bad, parents
- pach - parents are coming home
- pal - Parents are listening
- p@w - Parents are watching
- pcrs - Parents can read slang
- pir - Parent in room
- pnhlgd - parents not home let's get dirty
- pos - Parent over shoulder
- pwoms - parent watching over my shoulder
- rentz - parents
Know others? Send them through and we'll share them in future posts.