ALERT: Kids Are Using Alarming Text Message “Codes” to Keep Alarming Secrets From Parents


The world has changed a lot over the past decade. Cellphones are in almost every teen’s pocket, and as a result communication between teenagers can be a lot more difficult to decipher.

A lot of teenagers out there use abbreviations when texting each other. While many abbreviations are harmless (like “lol” for “laughing out loud”) some are used for more nefarious purposes, WCBS reported.

Several texting codes have been created to send inappropriate messages between teenagers even when parents are in the same room — or even when they are looking at a teenager’s phone.

For example, the message “IWS” stands for “I want sex,” “GYPO” translates to “get your pants off,” and “GNOC” is short for “get naked on camera.”

If you didn’t know what any of these meant, you’re not alone. Even as a member of the millennial generation, I had no clue what these abbreviations stood for until I started writing this.

There are myriad other abbreviations that are out there for which you should keep an eye out. CNN compiled a list of 28 acronyms that parents should watch for.

A few of them are “PIR” which means “parent in room,” “CU46” which is the equivalent of “see you for sex” and “53X” which just means “sex.”

You can see the WCBS report here:

Too alleviate your mind somewhat, TIME also complied a list of 116 acronyms which were more-or-less harmless, but some like “PAW,” which means “parents are watching,” may be of more concern.

The world has changed a lot, and kids are often exposed to things at earlier ages because of new technology. It’s a dangerous world out there, but by loving your kids unconditionally and holding them accountable, you can help get them through growing up in this crazy world.

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