Lost in Translation

When it comes to Facebook , teenagers seem to communicate in a language that seems foreign to parents. Teens are using abbreviations and slang terms that have deeper meanings, some of which include vulgarities, drug references and derogatory terms which could indicate cyberbullying, sexual predators or other unsafe activity. A recent study from TRUSTe, also reveals that 80% of teens use privacy settings on Facebook to hide content from friends or parents. Parents, more than ever, crave the knowledge and education to understand when their children are using these types of terms, so they can act quickly and start a discussion with their teen about the importance of safe social media communication.

To help parents stay in the loop when it comes to their child’s vocabulary, we created a survey that puts parents to the test when it comes to commonly-used terms and acronyms used widely among teens. According to the results, parents are still in the dark. For instance, a “Rolla” is a derogatory term used among teens for a promiscuous female. Only 15% of respondents answered this correctly, while the majority (43%) believed this term to mean a marijuana joint.

Curious to know how your “street smarts” stack-up? Additional answers to the survey questions are included below.

L?/\ = Let’s Hook Up

Rolla = Derogatory term for a promiscuous female

KPC = Keeping Parents Clueless

Kicker = Oxycontin

PLOS = Parents Looking Over Shoulder

Barr = Codeine cough syrup

INOD = In need of drugs

Shubz = House party

RUH = Are you horny?

To help parents keep their teens safe online, the developers of GoGoStat Parental Guidance are alerting parents when their child posts a teen slang term or acronym as part of their free online safety application that supervises social media postings by kids. Notifications are also triggered if kids post new photos which could prove to be reputation-damaging or reflect risky behavior, as well as if personal profile details are posted that could compromise family security. Parental Guidance alerts parents to their teens’ new ‘friending’ actions to reflect who’s new, providing detailed charts including the ages and locations of friends.

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