Parents: 50 texting acronyms your kids might use that you need to know

Parent involvement key to keeping kids safe online

Back in the day, you probably stayed up all night talking on the phone to your best friend.

These days, kids let their fingers do the talking, instant messaging or texting their "BFF's" at any time of the day or night.

BFF is "best friend forever" in Internet shorthand.

7NEWS tested several parents on the streets of Cherry Creek North to see if they could crack the codes their own children use when sending texts by phone or instant messaging online.

Do you know what "POS" means in kid lingo? That's "parent over shoulder." Don't worry, the three dads we asked didn't know either.

We stumped another mom with "ASL." That's "age-sex-location," a phrase swapped liberally throughout the Internet when strangers meet.

Detective Mike Harris of the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office told 7NEWS that cracking the codes kids use isn't about being cool, it's about keeping them safe.

Archived Chat with Det. Mike Harris on April 8, 2014

"If they (parents) were to walk in, they may be missing a big red flag because they don't know the lingo or the language," Harris said.

Those red flags include the abbreviations "F2F", or "face to face," and "IRL," which means "in real life." Harris said those terms may indicate the predator is trying to meet your child in person.

Harris makes a living posing as children online to catch Internet predators in the act, but he said the perverted criminals are even better than he is at talking to kids at their level.

But ultimately, only parent involvement and supervision can make the difference when it comes to keeping kids safe online.  Check out the list below:

  1. 8 - it means ate, can also refer to oral sex
  2. 9 -Parent watching
  3. 99 - Parent gone
  4. 1337 - Elite -or- leet -or- L337
  5. 143 - I love you
  6. 1174 - the meeting place, meet at
  7. 420 - Marijuana
  8. 459 - I love you
  9. 53X - Sex
  10. ADR - Address
  11. AEAP - As Early As Possible
  12. ALAP - As Late As Possible
  13. ASL - Age/Sex/Location
  14. BROKEN - hung over from alcohol
  15. CD9 - Code 9 - it means parents are around
  16. C-P - Sleepy
  17. F2F - Face-to-Face
  18. GNOC - Get Naked On Cam
  19. GYPO - Get Your Pants Off
  20. HAK - Hugs And Kisses
  21. ILU - I Love You
  22. IWSN - I Want Sex Now
  23. KOTL - Kiss On The Lips
  24. KFY -or- K4Y - Kiss For You
  25. KPC - Keeping Parents Clueless
  26. LMIRL - Let's Meet In Real Life
  27. MOOS - Member Of The Opposite Sex
  28. MOSS - Member(s) Of The Same Sex
  29. MorF - Male or Female
  30. MOS - Mom Over Shoulder
  31. MPFB - My Personal F*** Buddy
  32. NALOPKT - Not A Lot Of People Know That
  33. NIFOC - Nude In Front Of The Computer
  34. NMU - Not Much, You?
  35. P911 - Parent Alert
  36. PAL - Parents Are Listening -or- Peace And Love
  37. PAW - Parents Are Watching
  38. PIR - Parent In Room
  39. POS - Parent Over Shoulder -or- Piece Of Sh**
  40. pron - Porn
  41. Q2C - Quick To Cum
  42. RU/18 - Are You Over 18?
  43. RUMORF - Are You Male OR Female?
  44. RUH - Are You Horny?
  45. S2R - Send To Receive
  46. SorG - Straight or Gay
  47. TDTM - Talk Dirty To Me
  48. WUF - Where You From
  49. WYCM - Will You Call Me?
  50. WYRN - What's Your Real Name?

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