Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Knowing These 'Sexting' Codes Could Help You Protect Your Child; Trending an Up-to-Date List of the Most Common Text Message Codes That Could Help Parents Keep Their Children Safe Online

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Knowing These 'Sexting' Codes Could Help You Protect Your Child; Trending an Up-to-Date List of the Most Common Text Message Codes That Could Help Parents Keep Their Children Safe Online

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THESE are the text message codes that could help you keep your child safe online.

These days young people can spend several hours a day online, either chatting to pals or using social media. But how do you know they are safe? In response to safety fears shared by many anxious parents, a police service has issued a list of abbreviations on their Facebook page.

The shortcuts include: IWSN - I want sex now A/S/L - Age/Sex/Location KPC - Keeping parents clueless GNOC - Get naked on cam KYS - Kill yourself WYRL - What's your real name.

The post was shared more than 2,500 times and most responses were positive or jokey, but a small number said the code needed to be kept secret.

Still more people have criticised the list as already out of date, or not relevant to young people.

Our sister website Belfast Live has since published an up-todate version of the most common abbreviations.

1) 143 - I love you 2) 2DAY - Today 3) 4EAE - For ever and ever 4) ADN - Any day now 5) AFAIK - As far as I know 6) AFK - Away from keyboard 7) ASL - Age/sex/location 8) ATM - At the moment 9) BFN - Bye for now 10) BOL - Be on later 11) BRB - Be right back 12) BTW - By the way 13) CTN - Can't talk now 14) DWBH - Don't worry, be happy 15) F2F or FTF - Face to face 16) FWB - Friends with benefits 17) FYEO - For your eyes only 18) GAL - Get a life 19) GB - Goodbye 20) GLHF - Good luck, have fun 21) GTG - Got to go 22) GYPO - Get your pants off 23) HAK - Hugs and kisses 24) HAND - Have a nice day 25) HTH - Hope this helps / Happy to help 26) HW - Homework 27) IDK - I don't know 28) IIRC - If I remember correctly 29) IKR - I know, right? 30) ILY / ILU - I love you 31) IM - Instant message 32) IMHO - In my honest opinion / In my humble opinion 33) IMO - In my opinion 34) IRL - In real life 35) IWSN - I want sex now 36) IU2U - It's up to you 37) IYKWIM - If you know what I mean 38) J/K- Just kidding 39) J4F - Just for fun 40) JIC - Just in case 41) JSYK - Just so you know 42) KFY - Kiss for you 43) KPC - Keeping parents clueless 44) L8 - Late 45) LMBO - Laughing my butt off 46) LMIRL - Let's meet in real life 47) LMK - Let me know 48) LOL - Laugh out loud 49) LSR - Loser 50) MIRL - Meet in real life 51) MOS - Mom over shoulder 52) NAGI - Not a good idea 53) NIFOC - Nude in front of computer 54) NM - Never mind 55) NMU - Not much, you? …

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