Parents Must Know these 92 Text Terms

These 92 terms are among the most popular, but know that this is just the tip of the iceberg.

  1. 143I love you (popularized by no less awesome a source than Mister Rogers himself)
  2. 2DAYToday
  3. 4EAEFor ever and ever
  4. ADNAny day now
  5. AFAIKAs far as I know
  6. AFKAway from keyboard
  7. ATMAt the moment
  8. B/CBecause
  9. B4Before
  10. BF / GFBoyfriend / Girlfriend
  11. BFNBye for now
  12. BOLBe on later
  13. BRBBe right back
  14. BTWBy the way
  15. DMDirect message
  16. DWBHDon’t worry, be happy
  17. F2F or FTFFace to face
  18. FBFacebook
  19. FFFollow Friday (Follow Friday is a recurring topic on Twitter. Each week, users post lists of people that they think others should followusing the #FF or #FollowFriday hashtag.)
  20. FTLFor the loss / For the lose
  21. FTWFor the win
  22. FWBFriends with benefits
  23. FWIWFor what it’s worth
  24. FYEOFor your eyes only
  25. FYIFor your information
  26. GLHFGood luck, have fun
  27. GR8Great
  28. HAKHugs and kisses
  29. HANDHave a nice day
  30. HT or H/THat tip or heard through (usually referencing news or an informative link)
  31. HTHHope this helps / Happy to help
  32. IANALI am not a lawyer
  33. IDKI don’t know
  34. IIRCIf I remember correctly
  35. IKRI know, right?
  36. ILY / ILUI love you
  37. IMHOIn my honest opinion / In my humble opinion
  38. IMOIn my opinion
  39. IRLIn real life
  40. IU2UIt’s up to you
  41. IYKWIMIf you know what I mean
  42. J/KJust kidding
  43. J4FJust for fun
  44. JICJust in case
  45. JSYKJust so you know
  46. K or KKOkay
  47. LMBOLaughing my butt off
  48. LMKLet me know
  49. LOLLaughing out loud
  50. MMMusic Monday. Another recurring Twitter topic. In this case, users post a song or two that will get your week off to a better start.
  51. MSMMainstream media
  52. NAGINot a good idea
  53. NMNever mind
  54. NMUNot much, you?
  55. NPNo problem or Now playing (as in “My MP3 stream is now playing LMFAO’s Party Rock.)
  56. NSFWNot safe for work. If this is attached to a link, you’re strongly advised not to check it out while in the workplace or any other venue where inappropriate content would be, well, inappropriate.
  57. NSFLNot safe for life. Usually a humorous disclaimer that something formerly innocent is going to be irreparably sullied if you click the link.
  58. NTSNote to self
  59. OHOverheard
  60. OMGOh my God
  61. ORLYOh, really?
  62. PAWParents are watching
  63. PLS or PLZPlease
  64. PPLPeople
  65. PTBPlease text back
  66. QQ Rather than an abbreviation, this is an emoticon, a picture created in text. The tails of the capital Q form tears, while the circles are the eyes. Saying “QQ” aloud also can mimic the “boo hoo” of someone who’s upset. Usually used sarcastically or contemptuously.
  67. RAKRandom act of kindness
  68. RLReal life
  69. ROFLRolling on the floor laughing
  70. RTRetweet. Similar to forwarding an email, Twitter lets you echo other people’s tweets for your own followers to read. In some cases, folks will ask for something they’ve said to be amplified by saying “Please RT” or “PLS RT.”
  71. RUOKAre you okay? In Australia, #RUOK is a regularly trending topic, following a government initiative called RUOK Day, which raises awareness of mental health issues on social networking sites.
  72. SMHShaking my head
  73. SRSLYSeriously
  74. SSDDSame stuff, different day
  75. SWAKSealed with a kiss
  76. SWYPSo, what’s your problem?
  77. TIAThanks in advance
  78. TIMETears in my eyes
  79. TMBTweet me back
  80. TMIToo much information
  81. TMRWTomorrow
  82. TTYLTalk to you later
  83. TY or TUThank you
  84. VSFVery sad face
  85. WBWelcome back
  86. WTHWhat the heck?
  87. WTPAWhere the party at?
  88. WYCMWill you call me?
  89. YGMYou’ve got mail (to alert your texting partner that you’ve contacted them via that staid old email thing. That’s sooo 2001!)
  90. YMMVYour mileage may vary
  91. YWYou’re welcome
  92. ZOMGOh my god (sarcastic)

Are you addicted?

The Internet – Are you addicted?

The Internet has become a massive part of our day-to-day lives, especially for the younger generations. The Internet is constantly at our fingertips, whether it’s from our phones, tablets, computers and even our watches, it is everywhere! With the Internet being accessible from pretty much anywhere this is where abuse may come into the picture, and Internet addiction is a very real thing. Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) and Internet Use Disorder (IUD) and Problematic Internet Use are what people are referring to when talking about Internet addiction; this disorder can be a huge difficulty especially for young people. As a parent you need to be there for your child, especially during this day and age.

Why should you be worried?

No one can deny the usefulness of the Internet, everyone uses it and it is extremely helpful in all walks of life. The convenience of the Internet is undeniably it’s greatest accomplishment by making normal tasks ten times easier at the click of a mouse.

However where there are benefits there are also downfalls, especially with young people who are easily hooked on Internet usage. With the Internet being there for almost all of their lives the younger generation are completely dependent on the Internet.

We live in an age where scientists and psychologists suggest that some internet addictions can be just as harmful as alcohol and drug dependencies, and that IAD could be added as a psychiatric disorder under Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders in the Fifth Edition or DSM-V. Studies have been carried out because of the rising numbers of deaths related to the Internet; especially in countries such as South Korea where there have been 10 death’s involving heart problems and other excessive Internet usage related health issues. Meanwhile, in China reports say that one in six Chinese people are dependant on the Internet. This can pose as a huge threat for parents as children are more susceptible to the influences of the media.

What to look out for

  • Loosing track of time when online
  • Doesn’t like being interrupted whilst online
  • Isolation from other people
  • Defensive over excessive usage
  • Hiding his or her internet use
  • Only happy when he or she is online

Truly the signs may differ from child to child as there are endless possibilities of the sites and usage they could be addicted to. You need to keep and eye out and know what is normal for your child and keep an eye out for any changes in behaviour regarding the Internet. A lot of these signs may also suggest that your child may be doing something online that they shouldn’t, you should talk to your child openly about their usage and try not to alarm them that you may be concerned.

What could be the consequences?

Like any addiction, Internet addiction can have many negative consequences. Most children and teenagers are effected emotionally and suffer with low self esteem. Others eventually lack social skills, as they would rather interact with people on the virtual world. There can also be some physical consequences:

  • Pain and lack of sensation or numbness in the wrists and hands, a condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Strained vision or eyes
  • Headaches, migraine, backaches, and neck pain
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Weight loss or weight gain

As a parent you are responsible for your child and you need to look out for these signs as they could have serious physical or emotional effects on your child and their future.

What should you do?

Internet addiction can be common among teens as the Internet and social networking and gaming is a part of their cultures and life styles. But this does not mean that it should be ignored, if you are worried about your child you should intervene. By talking to your child openly you need to learn why your child spends so much time online in order to help – for example an addiction to gambling could be worrying in a different way to if they felt that didn’t have many friends, in order to help your chid you need to understand how they are feeling. They need to understand that although the Internet is useful and entertaining there is a lot more to life. Slowly decrease their usage and introduce them to new activities so that they have a more varied lifestyle. This is where you will also recognise if your child needs further help or if this is something you can conquer at home. If you feel your child may need further help you can talk to a doctor or specialist and also get help from online forums. Here are a few helpful pointers for helping your child from home:

  • Encourage other interests and social activities
  • Monitor computer usage and set clear limits – some internet providers will let you set timers on your child’s usage of the internet so contact your provider and find out about the options available to you.
  • Helpful apps – you can download apps onto your child’s phone that will monitor and limit your child’s Internet usage and web browsing at different times of the day.
  • Make sure there are no other underlying issues
  • Get help – if you feel you may be out of your depth there is no shame in getting help, children often rebel against their parents so maybe get the help of another adult they may trust or look up to

Now remember to have fun and be safe online, it’s not all bad and we need to promote the positive use of the internet and the education of the

Teach Your Child To Have Good ‘nettiquite’

Internet Trolls

In recent years the art of ‘Trolling’ has come around due to the easiness of the internet, and with it widely accessible to most people it is growing. Young people are more at risk of this type of abuse as they are more active online and on social media, also they are more likely to be the Trolls themselves.

What are they?

Internet trolls are people who post disruptive or inflammatory comments online in order to provoke fellow readers. This means that it can be any kind of abusive or disruptive message towards a person, company, team etc. This act is done anonymously and can often be extremely upsetting for the target.

Why do they do it?

There hasn’t been a lot of research into the trend of ‘Trolling’ yet as it is a relatively new trend although it has been said that Trolls are often people who find it hard to interact with people outside the online world. They are often introverts who spend a lot of time online, also the fact that the posts, referred to as ‘flaming’, are anonymous it means that even people who would never act this way in real life, believe that they are untouchable online. It has been said to provide anonymity and temporary identity loss, this is called deindividuation which is also linked to trends such as crowd behaviours and hooliganism. The term ‘keyboard warrior’ is often how someone like this is referred to as, this is because it is though they are hiding behind their keyboard and their hidden identities.

Why should I worry?

These trolls can often be very malicious, they target anyone they like, and have even been reported to target remembrance sites for loves ones that the families and friends have posted on social media sites. Trolling can be extremely distressing for the target as they will feel singled out and upset, it is important to look out for signs that your child may be being targeted and also make sure you know what they are getting up to online, talking regularly to them about their online activity will make this easier and mean they are more likely to come to you if they ever do have an issue. These trolls may be anonymous to start with but in serious cases the police have got involved and they have been prosecuted. Trolling is illegal and can result in serious consequences.

What to do?

On most social media there are ways of reporting people and accounts and also comments, these sites such as Facebook and Twitter are very good with these incidents and are often quick to respond and deal with the Troll. It is often a good idea to keep a copy or print screen of these comments in case you need them as evidence in the future. It , like any form of abuse, is illegal, you should educate your children firstly what to do if they see any abuse of this kind online, and also that anything they do online is not completely anonymous, relate it to the real world saying of ‘treat people as you would want to be treated’. It is also a good idea to remind your child to have good ‘nettiquite’ as you in the future your online reputation could influence your chances of getting a job or a place in college or university.

Parents must have frequent and open conversations with their children about their online behaviour

Online safety champion and founder of Gooseberry Planet calls for greater communication

When it comes to online activity, parents are particularly concerned about their children unknowingly interacting with predators, closely followed by sharing inappropriate information or images with others – the two founding reasons why Hampshire mum Stella James, the driving force behind Gooseberry Planet, set about developing the engaging App designed to help 4‑16 year olds to learn through safe digital gaming.

“There is no substitute to open and regular conversations and interaction with your children to help educate them about how to stay safe online,” explains Stella James, “But sometimes we need a little help in identifying the facts and finding the best way to approach the subject, which is where the parent version of our Gooseberry Planet App is proving to be a real winner. Building trust between parents and children about online use is important but it is a fine line between being a caring parent and a controlling one.”

It’s also important to remember the five core ‘cyber parenting’ tips that can help achieve online safety.

Connect: Frequently chat with your children about the online risks, and make sure the communication lines are open. Also stay knowledgeable about the newest and latest social networks and how they work if your kids are on them.

Password Rules: Explain the dangers of sharing online passwords but also ensure that as a parent you have access to passwords, sites and your children’s devices so you can periodically check what’s being said and done. Also regularly check the privacy settings.

Apps: Parents should know which ones your children are using and ensure that they have come via a reputable app stores. They also need to examine the privacy disclosures and settings and if they share locations, be sure that only the right people have access to that location information.

Games: Simply checking the age rating is not enough – We’ve all heard about kids racking up massive online “in game” purchases (which you’ll want to avoid) but certain games also allow chat with other players. So be sure your kids are careful about the information they disclose.

Browser settings: It goes without saying that controlling what your children can assess via the internet needs managing and with smartphones becoming ever more powerful more information can be easily accessed. You may have agreed to a data download bundle – but do you know what content are they accessing – regularly ask what they’ve been searching for?

“Whilst we are acutely aware of identity theft, bullying, sexting, grooming and many other dangers are rife on the internet but worryingly many parents and carers are still not in tune with the current dangers, how people are exploiting software or how to best protect family and friends. You cannot always be looking over their shoulder and it’s not just about monitoring what they do; rather helping children learn how to identify the dangers for themselves and so avoid them.  Taking simple steps like periodically checking the privacy setting on Facebook is so important but all too often overlooked. We wouldn’t let a child play near water if they didn’t understand the dangers but we are all too happy to let them pick up a digital device and often and quite easily interact with total strangers.”

And Stella concludes: “Don’t be that uninvolved parent whose child gets into potential trouble using the internet. Regular communication is key when it comes to teaching them about online safety, Gooseberry Planet lets children learn in a fun and safe way while at the same time develop their own judgment skills about keeping safe online – which  is far better than simply blocking their use altogether.”

Back in late 2013 Stella couldn’t find any engaging tools her kids would want to use to learn about online safety so started to visualise and developGooseberry Planet  which in now going down a storm with kids, parents and teachers alike. The engaging budget app for PCs, tablets and smartphones, informs 9‑14 year olds about online dangers and teaches them to recognise the risks and so keep themselves safe. Available for download in four instructive and interactive tiers it also includes a parent app about how best to develop discussions and guide their child about remaining safe online.