Here Are Some Acronyms That Teenagers Definitely Use Online

By James O Malley on at

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."

So now the list out there we can, finally, rest easy in the knowledge that if anyone is zerging IRL, they won't be able to KPC anymore. [The Verge and The Graun]