O2 and Alexa Have a Fun Festive Youth Speak Quiz

By Gary Cutlack on at

If you have one of those speakers you talk to as your main friend, here's a fun thing to do for a few minutes over Christmas -- an Alexa skill that explains common youth-slash-internet terminology and frames it as an enjoyable quiz for the the family. FML, eh, everyone?

The name of it tells you who paid to make it; it's the O2 NSPCC Parents vs Kids thing for your smart thing, and if you know how to make it work and get it running you may already consider yourself one of the UK's top technology enthusiasts.

The serious-face part of this news story is that a survey carried out for O2 found that 45 per cent of parents wished they were more knowledgeable about the nonsense their kids churn out on their Instagrams and sometimes even say out loud, highlighting the fact that a quarter of parents aren't even with it enough to understand what "pwned" means. And that's been around for at least a decade, grandad. What do these old people do on Facebook all day?

The app makers say this is evidence of a "digital language gap" between the generations, which this might fix, all in the name of better understanding what children are getting up to online. Mostly it's just ironic and non-ironic racism in voice chat, isn't it? [Amazon]