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Only on 6: Keeping Parents Clueless

Teens are using a secret language to keep parents clueless about their sexual desires. We have a list of nearly two dozen acronyms kids as young as 11 are using in text messages.

The Pew Research Institute says 75 percent of teens ages 12 to 17 have their own cell phone, and text on that device.

“A lot of their friends connect via cell phone,” said Jackie Wheat, McNiel Junior High School Counselor. “They don't talk face to face, they don't call on the phone, it's a text or it's a Facebook message or it's a twitter post or something like that.”

As texting becomes the main communication outlet simple words and phrases such as LOLor "laughing out loud" and BFF, "best friends forever" become part of our everyday language.

“There's a lot of acronyms that just pop up,” said Wheat. “It's just easier to type the acronym than it is just to write the words, you know, that's where a lot of them begin.”

Now teens are coming up with their own secret language using acronymns as a way to KPC or keep parents clueless.

“It just so happens that I found a poster at walmart and I hung it up in my hallway so parents that come and see me and have meetings with me, they actually see the poster and they say 'oh that's what that meant,' said Wheat.

CNN released 28 acronyms parents should be aware of. Many of those fitting the description of sexting, and with teens spending more time with their heads in their phones it can be difficult to control.

1. IWSN - I want sex now

2. GNOC - Get naked on camera

3. NIFOC - Naked in front of computer

4. PIR - Parent in room

5 CU46 - See you for sex

6. 53X - Sex

7. 9 - Parent watching

8. 99 - Parent gone

9. 1174' - Party meeting place

10. THOT - That hoe over there

11. CID - Acid (the drug)

12. Broken - Hungover from alcohol

13. 420 - Marijuana

14. POS - Parent over shoulder

15. SUGARPIC - Suggestive or erotic photo

16. KOTL - Kiss on the lips

17. (L)MIRL - Let's meet in real life

18. PRON - Porn

19. TDTM - Talk dirty to me

20. 8 - Oral sex

21. CD9 - Parents around/Code 9

22. IPN - I'm posting naked

23. LH6 - Let's have sex

24. WTTP - Want to trade pictures?

25. DOC - Drug of choice

26. TWD - Texting while driving

27. GYPO - Get your pants off

28. KPC- Keeping parents clueless

“When you're in elementary or junior high and you've been given this technology at such young ages you end up figuring out a way to use it to your best device,” said Wheat.

Newschannel 6 set out to find out what ages use these acronyms and just how common they are. The survey had only about ten of the 28 acronyms listed. Those surveys were handed out among youth ages 11 to 16.

The survey was taken by 141 teens in two Texoma schools and one youth group. Of those surveyed, only a small percentage claimed to know what the acronymns mean, or use them.

Survey results:

5 percent- KOTL or “kiss on the lips.”

4 percent- GNOC or “get naked of Camera.”

4 percent- IWSN or “I want sex now.”

4 percent- PIR or “parent in room.”

3 percent- POS or “parent over shoulder.”

The majority of teens did not know what any of the other acronyms mean.

Parents have to have a great communication style with their children, and be open and observant, according to Wheat.

“I think you have to trust your gut as a parent,” said Wheat.“You have to know your children. You have to know when they start pulling themselves away from the family.”

One Texoma mom does just that. Amy Burr has a 15 year old and a 17 year old.

“We just have very open lines of communication in my home,” said Burr.“No cell phones after 9 p.m.,  and I read through their text messages. We don't keep any passwords on their phone.”

Burr started monitoring cell phones when her older son was in middle school.

“It just has to be that way, there's too much bullying. There's too much with the sexting and the texting, those kinds of things,” said Burr.

Burr hasn't run across any inappropriate texts yet, but she knows they are being used.

“Watching it through other parents, you know, friends of my children coming to me,” said Burr. You know, kids will have an adult they will come and talk to.”

“You have to be observant as a parent, as an individual, of what you're listening to in order to avoid some of that stuff,” said Wheat.

School officials said kids are also using emojis more often to communicate.Emojies are the pictures and animated faces people add to text messages to express emotions.
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