Police release online slang

It’s another language. Very hard to keep up to date with the slang that young people will use

ana – anorexia
#deb – depression
#sue – suicide
#svv – self-harming behaviour
#thinsp – thinspiration (photos or messages that inspire an effort to become thin)
9 – a parent is watching
420 – marijuana
ASL – age, sex, location
CD9 – parents are around
Crow – cannabis
CU46 – see you for sex
Daddy – can mean a partner who takes good care of you affectionately or someone with great influence and power over you
Down in the DM – short for plans in their social media or texts for an upcoming sexual hook-up
F2F or FTF – face to face
FWB – friends with benefits
FYEO – for your eyes only
GNOC – get naked on camera
Hooking up – having sex
‘I know a way you can earn money fast’ – a possible way of asking for photos/webcam access or a way to get information to blackmail a young person
‘I know someone who can get you a modelling job’ – a possible way of asking for photos and flattering the young person
IRL – in real life
IWSN – I want sex now
Let’s go private – leave the public chatroom and create a private chat or move to instant-messaging/texting
LMIRL – let’s meet in real life
KPC – keep parents clueless
Merked – really drunk or beaten up or getting found out or getting told off
MIRL – meeting in real life
Molly – ecstasy/MDMA (unless they really do have a friend called Molly! Context is everything)
MOOS – member of the opposite sex
MOS – mum over shoulder
Moving to (someone) – approaching, either aggressively or romantically
Netflix ‘n Chill – to meet under the pretence of watching Netflix/TV together when actually planning to meet for ‘making out’ or sex
NIFOC – naked in front of computer
NSFL – not safe for life
NSFW – not safe for work
P911 or P999 – parents are watching
POS – parents over shoulder
Pre-ing – pre-drinking
RU/18 – are you over 18?
Sket – insulting term used towards girls
Smash – to have casual sex
Swipe right – term of approval derived from dating app Tinder
Thirsty – being desperate for something
Trolling – fooling someone – often used when people are commenting nasty abuse online
Wavey – drunk or high
‘Where’s your computer in your house?’ – possibly a way of checking to see if parents might be around
‘Who/What’s your favourite band/designer/film/gear?’ – possibly a way of trying to get to know more so that they can offer gifts
Wired – drug induced paranoia
WYRN – what’s your real name?
‘You are the love of my life’ – possibly a way of flattering a young person and creating an emotional bond with them
‘You seem sad. Tell me what’s bothering you’ – possibly a way of expressing sympathy and inviting them to share personal information
Zerg – to gang up on someone

Terms to keep an eye on

4eae – for ever and ever
AND – any day now
AF – as f**k
Aired – ignoring someone
Are you parring me? – are you showing me disrespect?
B – babe (can be just a friend)
Bae – short for ‘baby’ and used as a term of endearment for a significant other such as a boyfriend or girlfriend. Short for ‘before anyone else’
Basic – lacking originality
Begfriend – someone who sucks up to someone else
BFN – bye for now
BOL – be on later
Bookie – weird or disgusting
Booted – left behind or dumped
Butters – ugly person
Bye Felicia – dismissive term when you want an annoying person to go away
Curve – to reject someone romantically
Dime – someone who is extremely good looking
DM – direct message
Ghost – ghosting someone is to completely ignore someone suddenly, usually as a nasty way of breaking up with someone
GLHF – good luck, have fun
HT or H/T – heard through
HAK – hugs and kisses
IANAL – I am not a lawyer
ILY or ILU – I love you
IU2U – it’s up to you
IYKWIM – if you know what I mean
J4F – just for fun
JIC – just in case
J/K – just kidding
Kicked – left behind
Low key – a warning that what they’re saying isn’t something they want everyone to know
NAGI – not a good idea
OH – overheard
PAP – post a picture
Peng or tidy – really attractive
Preeing – looking at someone online (also know as ‘Facebook stalking’)
PTB – please text back
QQ – crying
RL – real life
Salty – to be bitter about something or someone
Ship – relationship or to admire a couple (such as ‘I ship them’)
Sip tea – to mind your own business
Skurt – go away or leave
Slept – to knock someone out
Slipping – messing up
Stacked – built, really muscly, toned
Swag – confidence or fancy clothes/jewellery
SWAK – sealed with a kiss
SWYP – so what’s your problem?
TBR – to be rude
Throw shade – to give someone a nasty look or say something unpleasant about them
TIME – tears in my eyes
TMB – tweet me back
VSF – very sad face
WTH or WTF – what the heck?
WTPA – where’s the party at?
WYCM – will you call me?
WYSIWYG – what you see is what you get
YGM – you’ve got mail
YOLO – you only live once


:3 – a symbol designed to represent a cat face, to be used after saying something cute, odd or coy
2day – today
Acc – actually
AFAIK – as far as I know
AFK – away from keyboard
ATM – at the moment
B4 – before
Baffed – confused
Banter – fun chat
Bare or bear – ‘really really’
B/C – because
BF or GF – boyfriend or girlfriend
Blates – obviously
Blessed – nice person
Boots – a way to say ‘very’ or ‘a lot’ – it’s used after the verb or adjective
BRB – be right back
Bromance – close friendship between two boys
Bruh – a casual nickname for ‘bro’
BTW – by the way
Buck me – give me
Buff – attractive
Can’t even – an expression of exasperation
CBA – can’t be bothered
Cray – crazy
Cuz – friend
Dench – fantastic/cool
Dope – really cool/awesome
DWBH – don’t worry be happy
Fail – something goes wrong
Fam – their closest friends
FB – Facebook
Feels – feelings
FF – Follow Friday
Fierce – looking amazing/incredible
FOMO – fear of missing out
FTL – for the loss
FTW – for the win
FWIW – for what it’s worth
FYI – for your information
G – a friend (boy to boy)
Gassed – happy
GOAT – greatest of all time
GR8 – great
GTG – got to go
Gucci – something is good or cool
HAND – have a nice day
Hella – really
HTH – hope this helps or happy to help
Hundo P – 100% sure/certain
IDEK – I don’t even know
IDK – I don’t know
IIRC – if I remember correctly
IK – I know
IKR – I know right?
Ill – fantastic or cool
IMHO – in my honest opinion
IMO – in my opinion
Is everything – great/important
It’s lit – it’s cool/awesome
I’m weak – that was funny
Jarring – annoying
Jokes – really funny
JSYK – just so you know
K or KK – okay
Legend – someone or something considered very cool
LMAO or LMBO – laughing my butt off
LMK – let me know
Lol – laugh out loud
MM – Music Monday
MSM – mainstream media
NM – never mind
NMU – not much, you?
NP – no problem or now playing
NTS – note to self
Obvi – obviously
OMG – oh my God
On fleek – on point or executed really well
ORLY – oh really?
OTP – the fictional couple you think were meant to be together
Peak – unfortunate
Pls or plz – please
PPL – people
RAK – random act of kindness
ROFL – rolling on the floor laughing
RT – retweet
RUOK – are you okay?
Skl – school
Safe – reliable or good person
SSDD – same stuff, different day
Savage – cool
Sick – fantastic/cool
Slay – doing really well
Squad – their friend group
SMH – shaking my head
Snatched – same as ‘on fleek’
SRSLY – seriously
Straight fire – something is hot or trendy
Swear – are you serious?
TBH – to be honest
TIA – thanks in advance
TMI – too much information
TMRW – tomorrow
To be down/pumped for something – excited to do something
Truss – I agree
TTYL – talk to you later
Turnt/turnt up – same as ‘lit’
TY or TU – thank you
Ur – your/you’re
V – very
YAS – enthusiastic version of yes
You da real MVP – thanks for doing a mundane but important task
YW – you’re welcome
Wag1 or wagwan – what’s up?
WB – welcome back
Woke – highly aware of social issues
ZOMG – oh my God

Is online gaming good or bad?

If you have a child aged between 8 and 13 years, you will know the challenges of managing their online gaming.  I know from my own experience how difficult it is to get my son off his Xbox.  Many of us will have tried various different approaches from enticements to threats to try to limit their time gaming.

We all worry about children being online so much, but we do very little to find out what the appeal is.  We hear them chat away about Skins, V-Bucks and Screamers and we switch off, thinking it sounds like a foreign language.   A few months ago, I decided to take more interest in what my son was doing whilst gaming and I have been surprised.  My perception, like most people’s, was that gaming is not sociable and is removed from the real world, but I found a very different story.  So, I would like to encourage you to do the same – take the time to listen to the conversations young people have whilst gaming.   I think like me, you would change your views.

I know that, like everything in life, it needs to be done in moderation, but gaming is sociable and very interactive.  During their games young people are talking about daily events, football, playing out, what they did last night and also what their strategy is to win the game- working together to beat the competition.

A few days ago, I was talking with a couple of non-gamers (middle aged people) and their argument was that gaming isn’t in the real world.  I asked them, “What is the different between speaking through a headset and a mic to communicating by telephone.  The truth is, there is none.  Their other criticism was that gaming is in an imaginary world, again not real.  Yes, I agreed, but we don’t have a problem with children reading imaginary stories or playing imaginary games away from the screen, so why should that be demonised on-screen?  I’m not advocating endless hours of game play, but I do think we need to both recognise the appeal of gaming to young people and remember the same arguments we had with our parents when we were young about watching TV.  I remember my Dad got so fed up with me and my siblings watching television that he put a meter on it.

I do know gaming is very addictive; I also know that there are risks.  Our job is to teach young people how to manage their screen time and to be aware of the potential risks.  They don’t want a list of do’s and don’ts but the how and why.  We should have conversations with them around “new people online” and self-management.  (I suggest using the words new people online rather than stranger danger, as children will often not perceive people they have been gaming with as strangers).  Parents need to put boundaries in place. Use the tools that are built in to the devices.  There are time limits that you can set, and yes, the child might well go a bit nuts, but if you take the time to have a conversation in advance and agree some sensible time limits, then it will be much easier.

We all need to educate ourselves, especially if you are teaching online safety in your school.  Why not take part and try to understand what children are doing instead of switching off, because you don’t understand it.  You might even enjoy it!  Talk to students about staying in a group and not going off and playing with gamers that they do not know in the real world.  On our YouTube channel I have my 12-year-old son talking about all the different aspects of Fortnite.  Why not show your class or watch yourself and see what’s involved?

The best advice I can give, is that children and young adults must always have a safe place where they feel they can talk openly about their concerns and experiences, even if these might make us uncomfortable.   In class is a great place to acknowledge that we all make mistakes and reinforce the importance of asking for help.  Not all experiences in life are going to positive, but teachers are some of the trusted adults who are there to help.  For older students, who may feel embarrassed to ask for help in a busy classroom, consider instituting a system whereby a pupil could flag up the need for a confidential conversation without alerting others in the class.

We are worry about our children being groomed.  You may be aware of the Breck Bednar story.  He was a 14-year-old, murdered by an 18-year-old gamer who groomed him.  The story is so tragic, but because he was not on any list, or register for being at high risk and came from a lovely middle-class family in a middle-class area, it was not taken seriously.  When children are being groomed, it can happen to any person, from any walk of life.

Watch out for ALL children, not just the ones that appear vulnerable.

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