JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Parents do you know what your kids are texting? There's often a huge disconnect between parents and kids, especially when it comes to technology. A new short hand has some teens sneaking around right under their parent's noses.
OMG....LOL...JK...For some of you these terms might look familiar. Well parents listen up, because new text slang is evolving daily and some might surprise you.
"This texting thing is kind of a mysterious thing. For younger people it's like they were born to know texting," says Computer and Information Technology Professor Ralph Rudy at ASU. "Texting is a foreign language, it's another language," he says, and a mysterious language for parents. "If they press 9 that's telling their friends that mom and dad are looking over their shoulder. If they press 99, that means no one looking over my shoulder," says Rudy.
but some text slang is not so innocent...
With phrases like this one"1 w45 50 j4ck3d up l457 n16h7" translating to "I was so jacked up last night."
or "gnoc" meaning "get naked on cam." Of course, there are thousands more.
"The things that are being sent over phones, chats where did it come from? How do they come up with this? It just amazes me," says Detective Earnest Ward with the Jonesboro Police Department. He says the division has to stay on their toes, and constantly researching new terms. "It's an evolving language. There's something new every single week. If we get phones in, believe me it's in code. If we're doing undercover chat, it's in code. It's like texting shorthand."
Ward suggests that parents monitor their children, but that can be tough if you can't understand what they're writing. "At first glance it has no rhyme of reason. It doesn't make any sense whatsoever. You just about have to have a translator, which a lot of that's online, that's how I would suggest to parents to learn what their children are saying," Ward says.
There are several websites available on the internet to help you decipher what your kids are saying.