Did you know that when your teenager texts "8," he -- or she -- is suggesting oral sex? "Some of these are absolutely hilarious," writes "First Cuts," who posted the link to the online aggregator site Digg. "I honestly have to say I have never seen most of these terms," says Sascha Segan of PC Magazine.
That's according to a new list entitled "Top 50 Text Acronyms Parents Should Know," which is is making its way around the Internet and has caught the eye of some local TV news reporters. Many people who see the list wind up howling with laughter, since many of the terms are completely unknown to most people, teenaged or otherwise.
And the Midwest is just a hotbed of this sex chat-room stuff." Jansen's not saying that every teenager is using each acronym, but she insists all of them are things parents should be aware of.
"It's a good overview of what parents ought to be aware of, even if their kids aren't going to these weird chat rooms, because kids pick them up anyway," Jansen explains "It's like when I was young and my friends and I looked up dirty words in the dictionary." Segan isn't convinced that your middle-school-aged son or daughter will soon be fluent in bondage terminology.
We've all heard horror stories about teens and pre-teens being abducted and raped by sexual predators whom they met online.
Bottom line: as parents, it's our responsibility to protect our children from the many risks they face in today's toxic culture.
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It was originally titled "Top 50 Internet Acronyms Parents Need to Know," and each term listed there clicks through to a page indicating its origin.
"This is stuff that's being used all across the Internet, in instant messaging, in chat rooms, in text messaging," explains Erin Jansen, founder of Net
It would also be an excellent idea to invest in Internet filtering software or sign up with a provider that blocks objectionable Web sites and allows for parental monitoring.
There are also software programs available that will allow you to keep track of every key stroke your child makes when sending an e-mail or an instant message.