Here’s the most recent list of the top “sneaky” terms that teens use, according to Bark’s data:53X = sneaky way to type "sex"KMS = kill myself LH6 = let’s have sex KYS = kill yourself MOS = mom over the shoulder POS = parent over shoulder CD9 = code 9, parents around GNOC = get naked on camera.99 = parents are gone WTTP = want to trade photos?
LMIRL = let’s meet in real life1174 = meet at a party spot IWSN = I want sex now CU46 = see you for sex FWB = friends with benefits ADR = what’s your address MPFB = my personal f*** buddy PAL= parents are listening TWD = texting while driving GYPO = get your pants off I ran a bunch of these by own teenage daughter, who I’ve also tested the Bark service on recently, along with Netsanity, Net Nanny, Teen Safe, Limitly, and many “watchdog” apps over the years.
Katie Greer is a national Internet safety expert who has provided Internet and technology safety training to schools, law enforcement agencies and community organizations throughout the country for more than seven years.
She says research shows that a majority of teens believe that their parents are starting to keep tabs on their online and social media lives.
“We’re not just flagging known texting code though, we’re using keywords, data science, and machine learning.
Bark analyzes some 10-million teen messages per month across 21 different platforms including text, email, Instagram, Snapchat, and You Tube.
You probably use some of these yourself: LOL = laugh(ing) out loud GR8 = great IRL = in real life TYVM = thank you very much IMHO = in my humble opinion BRB = be right back J/K = just kidding L8R = later NP = no problem WYD= what you doing?
While most of these terms are completely innocent, some child safety experts warn there can be more than meets the eye with texting codes.
If your teen has a smartphone, chances are they spend several hours a day on text and social media.
If you ever look at what they’re actually doing on there, you’ll likely see a lot of innocent “Snapstreaking,” some funny Buzzfeed videos and a bunch of letters and numbers that look like some kind of modern-day shorthand.
“With that, acronyms can be used by kids to hide certain parts of their conversations from attentive parents,” Greer said.