Sneaky teen texting codes: What parents need to know

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Most moms and dads know what things like LOL (laugh out loud) and BRB (be right back) mean. While those initialisms are innocent, some online safety experts warn there can be more than meets the eye with texting and chatting codes teens use all day, every day.

For example, some teen texting lingo might double as code for suicidal thoughts, bullying, sex and drugs. Sometimes it's innocent or sarcastic, but other times it could indicate a serious issue.

Ready to decode some of it? NP. (No problem.) Also be aware that text lingo changes all the time.

Here's just a partial list of some initialisms you might see on your teen's phone:

  • POS - Parent over shoulder (or MOS- mom over shoulder)
  • CD9 - Parents are around
  • 99 - Parents are gone
  • WTTP - want to trade photos?
  • ADR - what’s your address
  • 420 - marijuana
  • KPC - Keeping parents clueless
  • KFY or K4Y - Kiss for you
  • DOC- drug of choice
  • KMS - Kill myself
  • KYS - Kill yourself
  • 53X - Code for Sex
  • 8 - Code for oral sex
  • FWB- Friends with benefits
  • FYEO - For your eyes only

And those initialisms are some of the more benign ones. There are plenty more out there that are quite a bit more vulgar and explicit.

There is a fairly complete list of teen texting codes which you can find at Bark is an internet safety solution that proactively alerts parents to dangers including cyberbullying and online predators.

You can also find a list of the top 50 text and chat codes parents need to know on

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