Teens have always had unique ways of communicating with each other — just think of the slang terms that used to baffle your parents! However, with today’s teens absorbed in their smartphones, the codes they use to lay low are getting more elaborate and harder for parents to decipher. Here’s a guide to 40 emojis and teen texting codes parents should be aware of.
No, it doesn’t mean, “You’re delicious! Especially on a salty chip!”
The avocado emoji is a way to ridicule people who are “basic.” Basic people are only interested in trivial and trendy things. They have no original thoughts of their own.
While nowadays kids refer to the teen texting code as meaning “private chat,” the origin is much simpler: one-to-one. As in, let’s have a one-to-one conversation. This is considered “leetspeak,” or “leet” for short. It’s where a person replaces letters with numbers or other characters to form words phonetically.
3. Silent Face
Used to intimidate, this is a way of saying, “Keep your mouth shut.” After all, if you have no mouth, you can’t speak.
4. 9, CD9, Code 9
Code 9 or its shorthand versions — CD9 or just 9 — all mean the same thing: “parents are here” or “parents are around.” This is a signal to keep the conversation “clean.”
Code 99 means parents are gone or no longer watching what’s being typed. It could mean nothing, but if the kid wasn’t doing something inappropriate, why would they need to tell the other person that their parents were away?
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.
Ironically, one of the most dangerous texts to send is TWD. It takes mere seconds for tragedy to happen. If you see that your child has sent this note, let them know that phones should stay out of reach while driving, and they can use the phone’s settings to notify others that they’re unavailable while driving.
8. Running Man & Bowling Ball
The emoji of a man running and a bowling ball is not about strikes and spares. It’s actually the message, “I’m going to hit you.”
9. Running Man & Scissors
Replace the bowling ball with the scissor emoji and you have “I’m going to cut you.”
Sound it out, like letters and numbers on a custom license plate, and you get the idea. Teens will take verbal swipes at each other under the guise of banter, but for many parents hate speech is not banter. Period.