Every generation adds something to its lexicon, and today’s teenagers are no different. These kids bring 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” means and you want to learn how to decipher your teen’s texts, check out these trending teen texting codes that we’ve decoded for parents.
While parents may use the more innocuous, well-known acronyms (lol, jk, brb), here are some that you should definitely know.
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.
2. WTTP – Want to Trade Pics?
Today’s teens communicate via text, private messages, and Snapchat, and oftentimes, they will end up trading pictures (usually of a sexually explicit nature). The WTTP acronym means your teen is open to trading pictures, which can set them up for embarrassment, blackmail, or being victimized by online predators. Talk to your teen about the dangers and repercussions of trading compromising photos of themselves, even if they insist they are completely innocent.
3. WYA- Where You At?
An acronym for “Where you at?”
IN A TEXT: I’m by your car, wya?
4. FWB – Friends with Benefits
The bottom line is — many teens are going to have sex. And parents need to accept that teens will communicate their sexual desires via sexting. If you see your teen talking about “friends with benefits,” or no-strings-attached sex with a friend, you should have a chat right away.
5. TBH – To Be Honest
An acronym for “to be honest.” Usually used after the phrase, “Can’t relate.” Used together, this phrase makes an event less severe since the speaker can’t relate to it.
IN A TEXT: Your dog died? Can’t relate tbh.
6. TDTM – Talk Dirty to Me
More sexting jargon that teens use is TDTM, or “talk dirty to me.” You can assume that your teen is at least curious about sex if you see this acronym in any of their texts. If you haven’t discussed sex with your teen yet, this would be an opportune time.