We all use acronyms when posting online, but teenagers have some of their own to refer to illicit activity. The makers of GoGoStat Parental Guidance have deciphered some of the lingo to help parents get a better grip on what their kids are up to.
Now get a load of these acronyms teenagers are using on Facebook and elsewhere:
- 2lc – Ecstasy
- %- – Hung over
- Juggler – Teenage drug dealer
- YSG -You’re so gay (not meaning homosexual but rather lame)
- GNOC – Get naked on ‘cam
- DOC – Drug of choice
- Kicker – Oxycontin
- Barr – Codeine cough syrup
- KPC -Keeping Parents Clueless
Knowing this lingo only helps if parents can actually view what their kids are posting. A recent survey from TrustE indicates that 80 percent of teenagers use the privacy settings to hide things from parents or friends on Facebook.Presumably the 20 percent that don’t keep anything under wraps wouldn’t have anything on their profiles that would make their folks worry. On the other hand, we’ve seen other surveys showing that only 35 percent of teens use the privacy settings — but very possibly they could have gotten wise to these features since that data was collected.
Perhaps the acronym cheat sheet from GoGoStat Parental Guidance might prove most helpful when parents have the opportunity to confiscate their kids’ cell phones — unless the teen deletes all sent and received text messages, of course.
Of course, said company now incorporates these abbreviations in its free surveillance product for Facebook, so maybe the vendor sees these initials on profiles or chats of teens who don’t use the privacy settings.
Readers, what do you think about the list of acronyms supplied by GoGoStat?