In a bid to stoke a new moral panic, the government has published a list of acronyms that teenagers apparently use online when messaging each other - so that parents can figure out what their kids are talking about. Here's the list:
The list been published on government website ParentInfo, and is as follows:
- ASL - age, sex, location (could mean your child is using an anonymous chat room)
- CD9 - Code 9 (meaning parents are around)
- GNOC - get naked on camera
- KPC - keep parents clueless
- IRL - in real life. See also:
- MIRL - meeting in real life
- LMIRL - let's meet in real life (fine if it's their friends)
- IWSN - I want sex now
- MOOS - member of the opposite sex
- P911/P999 - parent alert
- PAW - parents are watching
- POS/MOS - parents over shoulder/mum over shoulder
- RU/18 - are you over 18?
- WYRN - what's your real name?
- Zerg - to gang up on someone
- 420 - marijuana
Yes, these are apparently things that people say even in an age of auto-correct.
According to The Verge the list was actually taken from a website called NetLingo - though for some reason the government didn't see the need to warn parents about "1337", despite surely, if anything, |33t h4X0rs are something that we should be worrying about too?
The list also omitted David Cameron's favourite acronym, LOL - meaning 'Lots of Love', from the list..
The Guardian quotes Education Secretary Nicky Morgan as saying:
“As a parent myself, I understand how important it is to know your child is safe and that’s why this new online service is so important. I hope all schools take advantage of this new resource, which addresses fundamental issues like cyberbullying and body confidence, so that they can help protect their children in this digital age."