Every generation adds something to its lexicon, and today’s teenagers are no different, bringing an array of dazzling new slang that leaves some parents none-too-hip, ya dig? If you still don’t know what “Netflix-and-chill” mean and you want to learn how to decipher what your teen’s texts, check out these 10 top-secret teen text that we’ve decoded for parents. Even if you think you’re cool enough to keep up with the teenagers, you might learn something new.
While parents may use the more innocuous, well-known acronyms (lol, jk, brb), there are ones that you should definitely be aware of.
1. KMS/KYS – Kill Myself/Kill Yourself
This is one of the more serious codes to look out for. If your teen uses KMS, he or she should seek help from a mental health professional or contact the suicide hotline. If you notice that your teen is using KYS, it’s time to talk to them about the danger and impact of this phrase, as this form of bullying could push someone in a more fragile mental state over the edge.