Dangerous Acronyms & Texting Codes Parents Need To Know

Teens use acronyms as a convenient way to type common phrases. Sometimes, it is  easy to overlook or ignore these acronyms assuming that many are innocent. However, a lot are not benign and worthy of your attention. 

Before you disregard this post as irrelevant to you and your child, please keep in mind that sexting in today’s age is the equivalent of going on a first date for older generations. Times have changed. The environment that our children are growing up in is very different from what we experienced as kids.

Nearly 40% of all teenagers have posted or sent sexually suggestive messages, but this practice is more common among boys than girls.

We’ve gathered a list of some of the popular acronyms that parents need to be aware of. Ultimately, by being aware of acronyms like these, you’ll be more likely to identify a potential situation that could help your child from falling into a situation that they may regret later in life.


 ASL– Age/sex/location

RU/18 – Are You Over 18?

WYRN – What’s Your Real Name?


LMIRL – Let’s meet in real life

MIRL – Meet in real life

IRL– In real life

LMFR – Let’s meet for real

RL – Real life

F2F or FTF – Face to face

SYS– See you soon


ILU – I Love You

ILY - I love you

KOTL – Kiss On The Lips

KFY – Kiss for you

SWAK– Sealed with a kiss


FWB– Friends with benefits

J4F – Just for fun

GYPO– Get your pants off

IWSN – I want sex now

A3 – Anyplace, anywhere, anytime

DTF – Down to fuck

TDTM–Talk dirty to me

NIFOC – Nude In Front Of The Computer


KPC– Keeping parents clueless

MOS– Mom over shoulder

P911– Parent alert

PAW – Parents are watching

PIR – Parent in room

POS – Parents over shoulder

SOS – Someone over shoulder

CD9 – Code 9 – it means parents are around

P999 – Parent Alert

PAL – Parents Are Listening -or- Peace And Love


SWYP– So, what’s your problem?

YOLO– You only live once

WTPA – Where the party at?

420 – Marijuana

Learning (memorizing some if possible!) these codes will assist you in being mindful of what your child/teen is texting. Hopefully through an open dialogue, you will be able to mitigate any chance of your child/teen engaging in a potentially dangerous situation. 


For a full list visit 100 Common Social Media Acronyms