Teenagers_textingPerhaps you’ve noticed, your children are glued to their phones.  And unlike in the ‘80s and ‘90s, they’re not actually using them to talk. Nope, they’re texting. How many times have you wondered what they could possibly still be texting about? Did you know there’s even Texting Competitions? Contestants compete on texting accuracy, dexterity and speed. Kids will compete for anything!

Perhaps in an attempt to understand what could possibly be so time consuming about texting, you’ve taken a glance over your children’s shoulders, and were unable to decipher the bizarre abbreviated language that teenagers are communicating in.

Well, BullGuard is here to help you break the code!

Just to be clear, we are not encouraging snooping… but as you know at BullGuard we like to keep things ‘safe and simple,’ and so to help you keep your children safe, we are simplifying the text code for you.

Let’s ease you into it, with a couple that you’re probably familiar with…

  • 4eva    ”forever”
  • B4       “before”
  • BRB     “be right back”
  • BBS     “be back soon”
  • BTW   “by the way”
  • LOL     “laugh out loud”
  • L8R      ”later”
  • TTYL   “talk to you later”
  • TBH     “to be honest”

And now for some of the more complex and key ones…

  • PIR      ”parents in room”
  • MOS     “mom over shoulder”
  • PAW     “parents are watching”
  • YOLO    ”you only live once”
  • kewl     “cool”
  • GAS     “got a second?”
  • TMS    ” too much silence”
  • 2M2H   “too much to handle”
  • JTLYK  ”just to let you know”
  • noob    ”newcomer/amateur/rookie”

Hopefully this list helps you understand a little bit why your children may not be HOYEW (hanging on your every word). Want to do more than just understand what they are texting? Install BullGuard Mobile Security on their phone and you can monitor their texts and even photos. Don’t worry, they’ll GOI (get over it). GLA (good luck all)!

Do you text with your children in code? Think they would call you a ‘noob’?

avatarWritten by Kirsten Dunlaevy (195 Posts)

Kirsten Dunlaevy is a blogger for BullGuard. With a background in advertising and branding she is extremely familiar with the ups and downs of social media and the world of communication. Kirsten is here to educate you on how to navigate all things digital, in a safe and responsible manner. Her other passions are decidedly un-digital, she loves being out on the water and cooking.


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