Many older users of cellphones or other digital messaging tools are often bemused by acronyms used by teens online, such as LOL (laughing out loud).
Now the British education department has released a language guide that deciphers the acronyms. The guide, said the department, will alert parents to dangerous situations. Called the Parent Info guide, the online service was released late last year.
Said UK secretary of state for Education and minister for Women and Equalities, Nicky Morgan, parents must understand cyber culture.
“I hope that all schools also take advantage of this new resource, which deals with fundamental issues such as cyberbullying, dangerous sexual behaviour and body confidence,” said Morgan.
Some acronyms will horrify innocent parents and teachers. GNOC, for example, means ‘get naked on camera’; ASL translates to ‘age, sex, location’, and IWSN is short for ‘I want sex now’. P999 or CD9 is used to indicate that a parent is around.
Category: Autumn 2016