Getting down with the kids – Learning a new language

The development of new languages, or at least the modification of them, is not a new phenomenon. Comedian Stanley Unwin developed ‘Unwinese’ (or Basic Engly Twenty Fido as it was otherwise known) throughout the 1950s and 60s, based most likely on the Lewis Carroll poem Jabberwocky from 1871. Indeed John Lennon wrote two books during the height of his Beatlemania fame drawing inspiration from both Carroll and Unwin.

These days internet or text speak has taken on a life of its own, devised generally by younger users capable of fashioning a string of aconyms into a comprehensible message, at least to other users. The challenge, most notably to parents, has been to crack this modern day enigma code in order to police online conversations and liaisons.

The unprecedented rise of social media and instant messaging has increased opportunities for easier interaction online, a point not lost on those looking to use the internet in a predatory manner. Online offenders can be professionally thorough in their approach and extremely manipulative in enticing younger users into potentially worrying scenarios.

Parents are finding it harder and harder to keep a check on the cyber activity of their children with many teenagers having multiple accounts on differing social networks to mask the connections they make. Whilst parents will take as many measures as possible to limit youngster’s access to hazardous situations, teenagers particularly will look to routes around these. Parental controls and safety settings are a good start but parents should check that tech savvy youngsters have not managed to circumvent such measures by simply logging on to other neighbourhood wifi connections.

In a recent study carried out by CNN a list of currently used, more covert internet acronyms were published, suggesting that well known shorthands such as LOL (laugh out loud) are merely the tip of the iceberg. The list, below, includes perhaps the most concerning of all to parents, LMIRL meaning ‘let’s meet in real life’.

  • IWSN – I want sex now
  • GNOC – Get naked on camera
  • NIFOC – Naked in front of computer
  • PIR – Parent in room
  • CU46 – See you for sex
  • 53X – Sex
  • 9 – Parent watching
  • 99 – Parent gone
  • 1174 – Party meeting place
  • THOT – That hoe over there
  • CID – Acid (the drug)
  • Broken – Hungover from alcohol
  • 420 – Marijuana
  • POS – Parent over shoulder
  • SUGARPIC – Suggestive or erotic photo
  • KOTL – Kiss on the lips
  • (L)MIRL – Let’s meet in real life
  • PRON – Porn
  • TDTM – Talk dirty to me
  • 8 – Oral sex
  • CD9 – Parents around/Code 9
  • IPN – I’m posting naked
  • LH6 – Let’s have sex
  • WTTP – Want to trade pictures?
  • DOC – Drug of choice
  • TWD – Texting while driving
  • GYPO – Get your pants off
  • KPC- Keeping parents clueless

Younger users will always work to find a way to keep their online activity under wraps, generally staying one step ahead of those looking to regulate their usage and interactions. It’s important that parents continue to monitor the online habits of children and young adults though and are also careful when disposing of defunct hardware holding potentially harmful data.

The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) makes it clear that it is your responsibility to destroy any personal data that may be saved on a computer.  Deleting information does not wipe data from a PC.  To ensure that you comply with the DPA, a professional data wiping solution should be used.  At Recycle IT, we offer secure data erasure and destruction services.