Get Hip to Cyberslang
Part of the Raising Digital Families For Dummies Cheat Sheet
Kids have their own crypto-shorthand, or cyberslang, that often appears in the form of an acronym. Parents need to recognize these code words to help protect their children.
A/S/L: A request to share age, sex, and location.
ASLP: A request to share age, sex, location and a picture.
CD9: Code 9 to indicate that parents are around.
CFS: Care for secret?
F2F or F/F: A request to meet face to face.
FYEO: For your eyes only.
GNOC: Get naked on camera.
HSWM: Have sex with me.
IPN: I’m posting naked.
IRL: In real life.
KB: Kiss back.
KOL: Kiss on the lips
KPC: Keeping parents clueless.
LMIRL: Let’s meet in real life
NIFOC: Naked in front of computer.
NP: Nosey parents; a warning that parents may be nearby.
P911: A warning that parents are coming.
PAL: A warning that parents are listening.
PANB: A warning that parents are nearby.
PAW: Parents are watching.
POS: A warning that parents are over the shoulder of the person typing.
RUMOF: Are you male or female?
TAW: A warning that teachers are watching.
WTGP: Want to go private? (A request to move to a private chat room.)
WUF: Where are you from?
WYRN: What’s your real name?