Internet acronyms and slang for parents

 
Since the launch of our new Better Internet for Kids portal towards the end of last year, we've been delighted to be contacted by some industry representatives keen to promote a better and safer internet for children and young people in their own areas of work and activities. 
 
As such, we were recently contacted by whoishostingthis.com, making us aware of their great infographic providing '32 internet acronyms and slang every parent should know'.
 
 
When messaging, young people typically use a range of acronyms, slang and codes which can seem difficult to decipher for the uninitiated. While many such terms are fairly innocuous, such as IDK (I don't know) and TTYL (talk to you later), some have different meanings to different people or depending on the context, or refer to potentially harmful scenarios such as drugs, alcohol or bullying.
 
While this infographic points out some of the popular terms at present, it also rightly stresses the fact that the meaning of acronyms can change over time, sometimes quite rapidly. It also highlights the point that we advocate throughout our work, that an open and honest dialogue between parents and their children about their online lives and activities is one of the best strategies to help them remain safe and responsible online. 
 
The whoishostingthis.com website also contains a range of other resources for parents, such as guides to popular apps and services such as ASKfm, Badoo, Kik and Snapchat so helping parents to stay up to date on the latest trends online, much like our own Guide to online services aims to do.
 
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