Kids are using texting codes to escape a parent's watchful eye. An entire category of acronyms has been created by kids to alert a friend that a parent is present. It instructs them to keep incriminating content on the "down low."
PIR - parent in room
P911 - parent alert
PAL - parents are listening
POS - parent over shoulder
99 - parent gone
KPC - keeping parents clueless
"I think that's scary to be honest," said Gretzon.
According to experts, teens are choosing patterns of letters and numbers to communicate sexual behaviors.
IWSN - I want sex now
CU46 - see you for sex
LH6 - lets have sex
TDTM - talk dirty to me
8 - oral sex
9 - sex
GYPO - get your pants off
GNOC - get naked on camera
WTTP - want to trade pictures?
SUGARPIC - suggestive or erotic picture
PRON - porn
Codes like this are not only disturbing to parents, but can get your child in trouble with the law. Officers said nothing is ever truly deleted from your phone.
Officers said it's important to know the technology your children are using. Learn their apps and know their usernames and passwords.
"If they're not willing to give that information, that's a red flag that we have a problem," said Lieutenant Valley.
Officers said there are other red flags to look out for.
Isolation in bedrooms
Spending late hours on devices
The bottom line is as parents trust your gut. If something feels wrong it probably is.
Officers said it is a good idea for parents to study these texting codes.
Here is a list of other codes we found.
(L)MIRL - let's meet in real life
TWD - texting while driving
KMS - kill myself
HMU - hit me up
TBR - to be rude
OOMF - one of my followers
BMS - broke my scale
OOTD - outfit of the day
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