Oct 30, 2007

Understanding Your Kid's Internet Lingo

So your kid has been chatting with friends on the internet and, as a good and conscientious parent, you go over to check and see that every thing's ok. When you look on the screen you see that the most recent thing your kid typed is "POS". "What does that mean?" you wonder but everything looks ok and you trust your kid, so you just walk away. Did you do the right thing?

It's good if you can trust your kids, but when they're on the internet you never know if you can trust the person on the other side. Many good kids slip into trouble online without really trying too. That's where you come in.

Nebraska Attorney General , Jon Bruning has made some magnets designed to help parents stay on top of the often confusing internet lingo. If you can understand what they're acronyms are saying the you'll be able to keep a better watch out to make sure your kids are ok.

Here's a list of some common internet lingo and what it means:

Internet Lingo key for parents

LMIRL

Lets meet in real life

121

One to one

NP

Nosy Parent

WTGP

Want to go private?

OLL

On-line love

A/S/L

Age, Sex, Location?

PA

Parent alert

WUF

Where are you from?

PAL

Parents are listening

WFM

Works for me

PANB

Parents are nearby

SAW

Siblings are watching

PM

Private message

TOS

Teacher over shoulder

POS

Parents over shoulder

DIKU

Do I know you?

YBS

You'll be sorry

W/E

Whatever

WIBNI

Wouldn't it be nice if?

TAW

Teachers are watching


For more on Online Lingo check out www.safekids.ne.gov/lingo.html

You may also find his Safe Kids site of use. It's about protecting your kids on the internet. http://www.safekids.ne.gov/

3 comments:

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Jeanette said...

Hi folks,
Here's another great way to get caught up on the language your kids are using in the chat rooms.
http://www.quizlee.com/web-lingo
It is a quiz, but contains everything you need to know. :)

Uncle Steve Severance said...

Jeanette,

Thanks for your interest in helping parents protect their kids on the
internet. I took the test and failed miserably. I guess I'd better brush up before I have kids old enough to use the web! :-)