The Secret Language Of Teens & Tweens : Part 1

The Secret Language Of Teens & Tweens : Part 1

Why Is It Important To Keep Up On What They’re Saying?

With so many outlets for messaging and social media, young adults are able to hide more of their personal lives from the adults who care about them than ever before. As a parent or educator, you must keep up on social media trends and what the students in your lives are doing online or on their devices. By monitoring, you could prevent your child from falling into a situation they may end up regretting later in life.

What Do These Words Mean?

This list evolves and grows longer every day as parents and educators catch on and the language gets changed, but here’s a good starter list of what your kids are “saying” on text and social media - some are innocent and some are downright sneaky:


143 I love you
182 I hate you
2DAY Today
420 Marijuana
4EAE For ever and ever


ADN Any day now
ADR Address?
AFAIK As far as I know
AFK Away from keyboard
AMA Ask my anything
ASL Age / sex / location
ATM  At the moment
AWOL Away while online


BAE Before anyone else
BD Big deal
BF Boyfriend
BFF Best friends forever
BFN Bye for now
BOL Be on later
BRB Be right back
BTW By the way


CD9 Code 9 (meaning "parents are around")
CTN Can't talk now


DGYF Dang girl you fine
DM Direct message
DWBH Don't worry, be happy


ELI5 Explain like I'm 5 (years old)


F2F / FTF Face to face
FOMO Fear of missing out
FTW For the win!
FWB Friends with benefits
FWIW For what it's worth
FYA / FYE For your amusement -OR- For your entertainment
FYEO For your eyes only


GAL Get a life
GB Goodbye
GF Girlfriend
GLHF Good luck, have fun
GR8 Great
GTG Got to go
GTR Got to run
GYPO Get your pants off


HAK Hugs & kisses
HAND Have a nice day
HBD Happy birthday
HTH Hope this helps / Happy to help
HW Homework


ICYMI In case you missed it
ICYWW In case you were wondering
IDC I don't care
IDK I don't know
IIRC If I remember correctly
IKR I know, right?
ILY / ILU I love you
IM Instant message
IMHO In my honest opinion / In my humble opinion
IMO In my opinion
IRL In real life
IWSN I want sex now
IU2U It's up to you
IYKWIM If you know what I mean


J/K or JK Just kidding
J4F Just for fun
Jell / Jellz Jealous
JIC Just in case
JSYK Just so you know


KFY Kiss for you
KK Cool, okay (kewl kewl)
KOTL Kiss on the lips
KPC Keeping parents clueless


L8 Late
LMBO Laughing my butt off
LMIRL Let's meet in real life
LMK Let me know
LMS Like my status
LOL Laugh out loud
LOLz Laughing out loud (plural/sarcastic)
LSR Loser


Stay tuned next week for the rest of our list!




Smart Girl Society, Inc., is an Omaha-based nonprofit working to educate and inspire Smart & Confident girls, women, & families. Through educational workshops, civil outreach programs, and technology & social media research, we work with girls, parents, & educators to authenticity on social media and in real life. We educate how to remain safe on social media and how to avoid becoming a target of sextortion. We also inspire action for students to focus on their personal brand development, leadership, educational opportunities, and healthy social skills. Interested in learning more? Check us out!