33 Facebook terms kids use and parents should know

33 Facebook terms kids use and parents should know

Summary: Ever wonder what your kids mean when they use odd acronyms on social networks like Facebook? Here's a list of terms you may or may not have already seen, but you should definitely be aware of.

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Social network monitoring service SocialShield today released its list of the "Top Terms Parents Need to Know." The company claims the codes are part of a new lexicon being formed by children, as well as those who might prey on them, to communicate with each other in ways that most adults wouldn't understand. The list was curated from an analysis of commonly flagged terms identified by SocialShield's monitoring engines as somehow risky, dangerous, or illicit.

SocialShield has split them up into six categories: warnings of parents in the room, requests to meet up in person, sexual in nature, cyberbullying, cries for help, and drugs/drinking. The firm also found the more parents friend their kids online, the more kids are adopting this new lingo.

SocialShield underlined the following terms parents need to know: GNOC (Get Naked On Cam), TDTM (Talk Dirty To Me), D46 (Down For Sex?), BIH (Burn In Hell), GKY (Go Kill Yourself), 182 (I Hate You), IHML (I Hate My Life), IHTFP (I Hate This F**king Place), PHM (Please Help Me), CRAFT (Can't Remember A F**king Thing), UDI (Unidentified Drinking Injury), Meet Up Requests: MIRL (Meet In Real Life?), W2M (Want To Meet?), S2R (Send To Receive [Pictures]), POS (Parent Over Shoulder), AITR (Adult In The Room), and P911 (Parent Emergency). You can see the full list in the image above.

Some of these seem off to me. For example, D46 is never used but DTF is used frequently. Then again, I'm neither a kid nor a parent, so maybe I just need to get with the times.

"Many parents think friending their child on social networks is enough to monitor their activities and protect them, yet time and time again it's shown that it isn't," SocialShield CEO George Garrick said in a statement. "Most parents don't have the time to keep up with the sheer volume of interactions or have the understanding of the online language to really get what their kids are saying or what people are saying to their kids. This makes it really easy for problems to go unnoticed."

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Emil Protalinski

About Emil Protalinski

Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years,
he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars
Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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  • RE: 33 Facebook terms kids use and parents should know

    Since when are stfu and gtfo related to drugs/drinking? :p And they're not the only ones a little screwed up.
    Aerowind
  • RE: 33 Facebook terms kids use and parents should know

    I remember seeing a similar article about this on another website a year ago. Lot of high school kids chimed in saying they never heard of half of these acronyms.
    Loverock Davidson-
  • RE: 33 Facebook terms kids use and parents should know

    This "article" is basically a giant advertisement for Social Shield and has nothing to do with what children are talking about on the Internet. Nice to see advertising isn't just thrown around the articles, it is in them too.
    jcommaro