Once upon a time, our parents didn't have a clue what we were doing online.
The internet was a new and exciting place, and it seemed like a safe and inpenetrable fortress of unsupervised mischief.
Mind you, this was years before Chris Hansen was popping in to offer you a seat while the decoy internet teen went to go check on the hot tub.
There was no catching of predators, no online policing, just pure, unadulterated dangerous fun.
It was a novel concept for the time: you could actually communicate with many people at once! People who we should trust indefinitely to be telling the truth, the absolute truth, and nothing but the truth! Judging how things usually went our own end, it's doubtable that these new virtual pals were honest about any element of their existence other than that they were currently connected to the internet.
If you feel guilty taking a peek at your little darling’s computer and phone, remember one thing: You paid for them.And what’s more frightening than not knowing when your 13-year old keyed LMIRL in a chat room, it meant “Let’s meet in real life? Here’s the Rosetta Stone of texting/chatting/emailing. A comprehensive guide to acronyms, abbreviations, phrases and lingo to look for on your kid’s phone or computer.Some are outright disgusting and we hope you never see your kids use them.Texting, instant messaging and chat rooms use a strange, new language that’s filled with abbreviations and acronyms designed to quickly communicate and easily disguise a myriad of sex and drug terminology. Some of the abbreviations and acronyms have been created so that kids can continue their conversation with friends while a parent is watching over their shoulder, confident the old folks are clueless.For example, if you saw your daughter sending the text message, “PAW GYPO & Ill GNOC later” would you know she just scheduled a time for a naked video camera session after you go to bed for the night?