Tips for Parents

Tips for Parents on Sexting and Teens

The best tech safety policy is education, supervision, and trust. Make behavioral expectations clear to teens. Have frequent discussions about the responsibility and privileges associated with the use of technology. Be familiar with technology teens are using. Email, texting, IMing, chatting, gaming, social networking, web and cell phone cameras.

Become familiar with texting acronyms


IWSN – I want sex now
GNOC – Get naked on Camera
PIR – Parent in room
CTN – Can’t Talk Now
TDTM – Talk Dirty To Me
TWD – Texting while driving
GYPO – Get your pants off
KPC – Keeping parents clueless

9 – Parent watching
SUGARPIC – Suggestive or erotic photo
1174′ – Party meeting place
THOT – That hoe over there
CID – Acid (the drug)
Broken – Hungover from alcohol
POS – Parent over shoulder
IPN – I’m posting naked

99 Parent gone
KOTL – Kiss on the lips
(L)MIRL – Let’s meet in real life
CD9 – Parents around/Code 9
LH6 – Let’s have sex
WTTP – Want to trade pictures?
DOC – Drug of choice

WYRN – What’s Your Real Name
NIFC – Nude In Front of the Camera
pron – porn
420 – marijuana
8 – oral sex
Zerg – to gang up on someone
CU46 – See you for sex

Use teachable moments

  • Local and national news stories about Internet and electronic crimes provide opportunities to discuss these issues. Search “sexting news” for related articles.
  • Supervise teens online and electronically. Let them know you are monitoring them because you love them and care about their future. Don’t rely entirely on parental control software; Teens can quickly bypass these!
  • Search your child’s name in quotations: “Jane Doe”. You may be surprised what you find.
  • If you think your youngster is Sexting…. Monitor their cell phone use. Check cell phone Messages (sent & inbox), Recent Calls (received) and Media Center (Pictures and Videos and Downloads).
  • Pics don’t stay private. Once sent, they can’t be retrieved, they can be forwarded to many other people and they can’t be erased.
  • Think before Forwarding. If a teen forwards a nude pic of a minor, he/she becomes the original sender of child pornography, which is against the law.
  • Images and blogs have future consequences. They are available for the entire world to see and share. This includes parents, relatives, school officials, law enforcement, college admissions departments and current and future employers.
Source: Teachable Moments

Source: Teachable Moments