Parents crack teen texting code

Parents may have a hard time keeping track of hundreds of teen texts every day.
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When your teen's text tone sounds, what kind of messages is waiting for them?

"IDK - like I don't know. HBU - How about you? For never mind I might use NV, for that - THT."

All that is harmless text lingo, right?

But when teens are pushing texting totals of 300 to 500 texts a day - too many to count, one teen told us - some other texts could slip through. In all those texts, Facebook posts and Instagrams is a hidden language that could pose a threat.

"Oh my gosh, I didn't know numbers meant anything," said Margaret Toby, a texting teen's mom.

"8" - means oral sex. "ASL" for age, sex, location. "CD9" - parents around. "GNRN" equals get naked right now. "1174" means "nude club" and "PAW," parents are watching.

"I didn't know a lot of these," said Hamilton County mom Melissa Thomas.

Melissa and her friend Margaret are parents of teens and pre-teens. They got their first look at a secret sexting slang.

"Luckily, I haven't seen these," they said.

"IMEZRU?" That means "I want sex now." There's also "FOL" for fond of leather and "GYPO" - get your pants off.

"I knew about two of these," Margaret told Eyewitness News.

"I don't know, I don't use them," says a texting teen. "I don't say inappropriate things, so I don't know."

But 13 percent of young people are exposed to sexting, sometimes from strangers who may try to meet them.

"GNOC" - get naked on camera. "LMIRL" - lets meet in real life. "IAYM" for "I am your master."

"I would like to think that if she got these, especially from someone she didn't know, that she would let us know," said one teen's parent.

On her Instagram, Sydney hasn't seen the slang. Neither has friend Jordan.

"I've seen it like happen to my friends," she said. "They get creepy guys adding them on Instagram. They have no idea who they are they'll comment on their pictures."

To avoid that, you can make sure your teen keeps their account private.

Margaret Toby says her daughter "feels like she can come to us, and even if somebody left her a message, she'll save it and bring it to us and say you need to listen to this message."

"Just to know the parent is engaged and is going to be looking, hopefully putting a little bit of fear in them," Margaret said.

"You shocked us," said the moms who read the sexting slang for the first time.

Related links

NetLingo@- This site decodes text codes and has a list of "Top 50 Internet Acronyms Parents Need to Know" and "The List: A Parent's Guide to Internet Lingo"

Better Parenting Institute