“A lot of parents don’t know their kids have “Finstas”-- fake instagrams, or multiple Snapchat accounts they use,” said Stacy Pendarvis, program director of the Monique Burr foundation for Children. “Kids are way more savvy than we are with technology. When we figure it out, they change the game on us.”
Pendarvis said you can level the playing field with apps like Bark. It lets parents monitor their child’s texts, emails, social media posts, and private messages.
Pendarvis said it’s important to sit down with your child and tell them why it isn’t an attack on their privacy, but about their safety.
“With a phone, you are giving access to so many that dangers that could end up deadly,” Pendarvis said.
Here are just a few of the new acronyms teens are using in text messages that parents should be aware of:
- 53 X = sex
- GNOC =get naked on camera
- WTTP=want to trade pictures?
- LMIRL= let's meet in real life
- KPC =keeping parents clueless
“We haven’t come across any acronyms and hopefully never will,” said Salamone.
Teenage sexting also is illegal and may lead to jail time or a sex offender designation.