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Online Slang Parents Should Know

Online Slang Parents Should Know

As modern tech becomes even more accessible, many teens are increasingly exposed to the virtual world and the way that they communicate online is also changing quickly.


When kids text and talk on the internet or on their phones, it can be hard to make sense of what they mean — sometimes it seems like a completely different language! If you’re a parent, it’s crucial that you are aware of the different online slang and terms that teens use today. Learning this will not only help you become more aware, but it will also keep your loved ones safe from dangerous predators and bullies online.


The Issue With Online Slang

The increase in the popularity of online slang has allowed for more and more teens to be exposed to online dangers such as cyberbullying and online predators. Since language changes quickly on the internet, it can be hard for many of us to keep up. Connecting with your teens and ensuring you are trying to understand this language is crucial so that you can prevent them from getting into trouble online, whether it be from online predators or bullies.



Cyberbullying is a huge problem that many teens and their parents have experienced (33 percent of youth across the globe experience bullying online), and contributing to the problem could be the increased use of online slang in teens. Examples of cyberbullying include harassment, threats, demeaning behavior, and embarrassing remarks towards another using internet or social media platforms.


Online Predators

When targeting teens, predators online aren’t strangers to the internet. Predators and drug dealers have found an easy way of using lingo to reel adolescents in. Using teen lingo helps them better communicate with teens and relate to them more. According to the Journal of Adolescent Health, 1 in 5 youth between the ages of 9 and 17 will view unwanted sexual content material online and 1 in 9 teens will receive unwanted online solicitations.


Teen slang words, such as TBH and FOMO may cause a headache for parents that aren’t familiar with the lingo. However, this infographic will help you decode these terms and what they mean. Most importantly, you’ll be better equipped to keep your teens safe.

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Makenzie Pohl is a content creator who develops helpful and compelling stories. Her passion for digital marketing and creative writing has led her to cover unique topics ranging from tech to lifestyle. She calls San Diego, CA home and enjoys dining out, photography, and traveling in her spare time.

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