Cracking the secret codes kids use on social media

A look at the acronyms and abbreviations teens use to communicate on social media.

Social media, it's hard to find a tween or teen who doesn't use it. But did you know there's a secret code they use to communicate? A code that's main objective is to "KPC" – Keep Parents Clueless. Five On Your Side's Ann Allred is helping parents crack the secret code.

Texting, Twitter, Snapchat, it's the way tweens and teens stay connected.

St. Charles County School Resource officer Ron Neupert has spent nearly two decades working with students.

"There's absolutely no way getting around it," says Officer Neupert.  "You have to deal with this one way, shape, or another."

And in the a high tech world where smartphones take the place of face to face conversations, parents know it's hard to keep track of kids on social media.  Officer Neupert says it's what parents don't know that can be an even bigger problem.

"It started with things as simple as "LOL", "Laugh Out Loud", or "IDK", "I Don't Know", simply things like that, but now it has progressed," says Officer Neupert.

Acronyms like, "PIR", "Parents in Room" and "LMIRL", "Let's Meet in Real Life." They're secret codes your kids don't want you to know about.  So "Five on Your Side" gathered a group of parents and put them to the test.

In our group, only one parent got three answers right, that's 3 codes out of 40.  Guss and Karin Markwell's 12-year-old daughter got her smartphone a few months ago.

"I didn't know any of them," says Guss Markwell.  He says he checks his daughter's messages every couple of days.

"Does she know?" "Sometimes," says Markwell, "She does now."

"I guess we just have to educate ourselves," says Karin Markwell.  "It's just not fast enough, my daughter knows more about technology now than us, even my 7-year-old, that's scary."

Eric Nelson's the mom of a 16-year-old.

"Shocking, it was shocking," says Nelson.  "I came in thinking I would know more, on some of the acronyms being used, the codes, but I faild the test miserably."

Nelson admits her lack of knowledge can be nerve wracking.

"Because you don't know, you might grab their phone checking it thinking one thing and they could have this whole other life, so to speak, going on and you would be clueless," says Nelson.

Officer Neupert advises parents to not only educate themselves and talk to their children.

"If you see some strange unusual acronyms on your child's phone, which you should be looking at anyhow, it's really time to sit down and have a conversation with your child," says Neupert.

He says to tween and teens, his rule is simple.

"Don't do anything on there that your grandparents wouldn't want to see," says Officer Neupert. "Then you'll be safe, you'll know exactly what to put on there."


Here are some of the most common social media acronyms teens are using to communicate with one another:

1. 143 - I love you

2. 2DAY - Today

3. 4EAE For ever and ever

4. ADN - Any day now

5. AFAIK - As far as I know

6. AFK - Away from keyboard

7. ASL - Age/sex/location

8. ATM - At the moment

9.  BFN - Bye for now

10. BOL - Be on later

11. BRB - Be right back

12.  BTW - By the way

13. CTN - Can't talk now

14. DWBH - Don't worry, be happy

15.  F2F or FTF - Face to face

16.  FWB Friends with benefits

17.  FYEO - For your eyes only

18. GAL – Get a life

19. GB - Goodbye

20. GLHF - Good luck, have fun

21. GTG - Got to go

22. GYPO Get your pants off

23. HAK - Hugs and kisses

24. HAND - Have a nice day

25. HTH - Hope this helps / Happy to help

26. HW - Homework

27. IDK - I don't know

28. IIRC - If I remember correctly

29. IKR - I know, right?

30. ILY / ILU - I love you

31. IM - Instant message

32. IMHO - In my honest opinion / In my humble opinion

33. IMO - In my opinion

34. IRL - In real life

35. IWSN - I want sex now

36. IU2U - It's up to you

37. IYKWIM - If you know what I mean

38. J/K - Just kidding

39. J4F - Just for fun

40. JIC - Just in case

41. JSYK - Just so you know

42. KFY - Kiss for you

43. KPC Keeping parents clueless

44. L8 Late

45. LMBO - Laughing my butt off

46. LMIRL – Let's meet in real life

47. LMK - Let me know

48. LOL - Laugh out loud

49. LSR - Loser

50. MIRL - Meet in real life

51. MOS - Mom over shoulder

52. NAGI - Not a good idea

53. NIFOC - Nude in front of computer

54. NM - Never mind

55. NMU - Not much, you?

56. NP No problem

57. NTS - Note to self

58. OIC - Oh I see

59.  OMG - Oh my God

60. ORLY - Oh, really?

61. OT Off topic

62. OTP- On the phone

63. P911- Parent alert

64. PAW - Parents are watching

65. PCM - Please call me

66. PIR - Parent in room

67. PLS or PLZ - Please

68. PPL - People

69. POS - Parents over shoulder

70. PTB - Please text back

71. QQ - Crying. This abbreviation produces an emoticon in text. It's often used sarcastically.

72. RAK Random act of kindness

73. RL - Real life

74. ROFL - Rolling on the floor laughing

75.  RT - Retweet

76. RUOK - Are you okay?

77. SMH - Shaking my head

78. SOS - Someone over shoulder

79. SRSLY- Seriously

80. SSDD Same stuff, different day

81.  SWAK - Sealed with a kiss

82. SWYP - So, what's your problem?

83. SYS - See you soon

84. TBC - To be continued

85. TDTM -Talk dirty to me

86. TIME Tears in my eyes

87. WYCM - Will you call me?

88. TMI - Too much information

89. TMRW - Tomorrow

90.  TTYL - Talk to you later

91.  TY or TU Thank you

92. VSF - Very sad face

93. WB - Welcome back

94. WTH What the heck?

95.  WTPA - Where the party at?

96.  WYCM - Will you call me?

97. YGM - You've got mail

98. YOLO - You only live once

99. YW - You're welcome

100. ZOMG Oh my God (sarcastic)

101. 182 - I hate you

102. 420 - Marijuana

103. ADR - Address

104. CD9 - Code 9 - it means parents are around

105. ILU - I Love You

106. KOTL - Kiss On The Lips

107. LMIRL - Let's Meet In Real Life

108. NIFOC - Nude In Front Of The Computer

109. P999 - Parent Alert

110. PAL - Parents Are Listening -or- Peace And Love

111. RU/18 - Are You Over 18?

112. WYRN - What's Your Real Name?


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