Parents know teens can spend hours texting and messaging. But, do you know what your kids are really saying?
Slang and acronyms have made the language of messaging a bit of a mystery. But, there is a tool available to help you decipher the code: noslang.com.
While most parents we talked to knew the common terms, like LOL and BRB, there are countless others. No one we talked to knew GNOC (get naked on cam) or NIFOC (naked in front of computer). But, they were shocked when they learned what the terms mean.
"It should be a wake-up call," said Rachel Perry. "It should be a wake-up call to all parents."
"It's awful," said Lesa Toney, "it really is. I think it's awful."
But, the site's founder, Search Marketing Strategist Ryan Jones, said most of what kids are texting and messaging is harmless. "Don't suspect your kid's up to something because they're using slang," he said.
Jones said a lot of times parents get a bit freaked out because they simply don't know what their kids are saying.
In fact, that's kind of how the site started. Jokingly, Jones said something to a co-worker about needing a translator to understand what kids are saying. From that the site was born. But, it's taken on a life of it's own since Jones opened it up to submissions. Since then, he said, it's just kept growing.
If you do have concerns over what your kids are doing, or you're just curious, the site has several useful tools. There's a translator, quizzes to test your knowledge and a list of common terms parents should know.
Jones also said the site isn't about spying on your kids. "But, if you suspect your kid's up to something," he said, "it can't hurt to understand it and know what they're saying."
Tim Barnosky, Newschannel 6.