Sending messages with emojis is a quick, fun way for kids and teens to communicate. Adults love them, too. But like with secret text codes and new teen slang terms, there are some secret emoji messages that have a darker, more insidious side.
Kids are using emojis to bully other children, engage in risky behavior with drugs and alcohol, and even to solicit sex. Parents need to realize emojis can be illicit messages hidden in plain sight. While the actual image may differ between phone carrier or chat app that’s being used, the messages are the same. So, with that in mind, here are several emojis that have secret hidden meanings.
1. The Frog
What does the frog emoji mean? It looks like an innocent fairy tale reference to most parents, but it also means “You’re ugly.” This is an easy way to plant a negative comment in someone’s social media or a text thread.