Parents: Secret sexting codes you need to know

January 9, 2017
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Secret sexting codes and list of abbreviations includes code for ‘kill yourself’ and ‘take your clothes off’. Parents need to watch and be on the look out for this.

It can be impossible to know who our kids are speaking to – and what they’re saying

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With so much interaction done online, it’s increasingly tricky to know when your child is potentially in danger .

The line between trusting your child (and respecting their privacy) and policing them out of concern is a fine one for parents to tread.

The online world is perpetually changing, and it can be difficult to be alert to which mediums are used and what exactly is going on.

To help worried parents, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) have elected to post an American style graphic sexting dictionary on Facebook for parents to familiarise themselves with online talk.

It is a decision which the PSNI have also had to defend.

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The page of abbreviations is as alarming as it eye-opening.

Ranging from salacious come-ons to disturbing orders to “kill yourself” it gives a sometimes uncomfortable glimpse into what happen online.

Presumably more in-the-know, young readers have pointed out the urban tech dictionary is not current.

A spokesman for Newry and Mourne PSNI, said: “As a follow up to the text talk post just to clarify that this was an American resource and indeed some of the codes may not be being used here but it is something to be aware off if you see cryptic messages on your kids devices.

“Also prevention is better than cure so speak to your kids about their online activity, what they are using and respect the age limits of social media platforms – is it proper to set up a kid with a Facebook account at eight years old?

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“There are hundreds of text talk codes – a simple online search will reveal what any codes you spot actually mean.”

Belfast Live have since published an up-to-date version of the most common abbreviation s.

  1. 143 –I love you
  2. 2DAY –Today
  3. 4EAE –For ever and ever
  4. ADN –Any day now
  5. AFAIK –As far as I know
  6. AFK –Away from keyboard
  7. ASL –Age/sex/location
  8. ATM –At the moment
  9. BFN –Bye for now
  10. BOL –Be on later
  11. BRB –Be right back
  12. BTW –By the way
  13. CTN –Can’t talk now
  14. DWBH –Don’t worry, be happy
  15. F2F or FTF –Face to face
  16. FWB –Friends with benefits
  17. FYEO –For your eyes only
  18. GAL– Get a life
  19. GB– Goodbye
  20. GLHF –Good luck, have fun
  21. GTG–Got to go
  22. GYPO –Get your pants off
  23. HAK –Hugs and kisses
  24. HAND –Have a nice day
  25. HTH –Hope this helps / Happy to help
  26. HW–Homework
  27. IDK –I don’t know
  28. IIRC –If I remember correctly
  29. IKR–I know, right?
  30. ILY / ILU–I love you
  31. IM–Instant message
  32. IMHO –In my honest opinion / In my humble opinion
  33. IMO –In my opinion
  34. IRL–In real life
  35. IWSN –I want sex now
  36. IU2U –It’s up to you
  37. IYKWIM –If you know what I mean
  38. J/K–Just kidding
  39. J4F –Just for fun
  40. JIC–Just in case
  41. JSYK –Just so you know
  42. KFY –Kiss for you
  43. KPC –Keeping parents clueless
  44. L8–Late
  45. LMBO –Laughing my butt off
  46. LMIRL– Let’s meet in real life
  47. LMK–Let me know
  48. LOL –Laugh out loud
  49. LSR –Loser
  50. MIRL –Meet in real life
  51. MOS –Mom over shoulder
  52. NAGI–Not a good idea
  53. NIFOC–Nude in front of computer
  54. NM –Never mind
  55. NMU –Not much, you?
  56. NP –No problem
  57. NTS –Note to self
  58. OIC –Oh I see
  59. OMG –Oh my God
  60. ORLY –Oh, really?
  61. OT–Off topic
  62. OTP–On the phone
  63. P911–Parent alert
  64. PAW –Parents are watching
  65. PCM–Please call me
  66. PIR –Parent in room
  67. PLS or PLZ–Please
  68. PPL –People
  69. POS –Parents over shoulder
  70. PTB–Please text back
  71. QQ –Crying. This abbreviation produces an emoticon in text. It’s often used sarcastically.
  72. RAK –Random act of kindness
  73. RL –Real life
  74. ROFL –Rolling on the floor laughing
  75. RT –Retweet
  76. RUOK –Are you okay?
  77. SMH –Shaking my head
  78. SOS –Someone over shoulder
  79. SRSLY –Seriously
  80. SSDD –Same stuff, different day
  81. SWAK –Sealed with a kiss
  82. SWYP –So, what’s your problem?
  83. SYS –See you soon
  84. TBC –To be continued
  85. TDTM–Talk dirty to me
  86. TIME –Tears in my eyes
  87. WYCM –Will you call me?
  88. TMI–Too much information
  89. TMRW –Tomorrow
  90. TTYL–Talk to you later
  91. TY or TU–Thank you
  92. VSF –Very sad face
  93. WB –Welcome back
  94. WTH –What the heck?
  95. WTPA –Where the party at?
  96. WYCM– Will you call me?
  97. YGM –You’ve got mail
  98. YOLO –You only live once
  99. YW –You’re welcome
  100. ZOMG –Oh my God (sarcastic)
  101. 182– I hate you
  102. 420– Marijuana
  103. ADR– Address
  104. CD9– Code 9 – it means parents are around
  105. ILU– I Love You
  106. KOTL– Kiss On The Lips
  107. LMIRL– Let’s Meet In Real Life
  108. NIFOC– Nude In Front Of The Computer
  109. P999– Parent Alert
  110. PAL– Parents Are Listening -or- Peace And Love
  111. RU/18– Are You Over 18?
  112. WYRN– What’s Your Real Name?

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