Decode the slang your teen is using online

Slang is a part of growing up. It helps kids feel accepted, gain confidence and define their connections. If your teen has a smartphone, chances are you can’t keep track of what they’re saying or doing online all the time. Sometimes, even if you look at a text, you may not be able to understand what they’re saying.

Here are a few to look out for:


  • LOL: laugh out loud
  • Mans: a man/person
  • Low key: To keep something confidential between friends
  • High key: I don’t care who knows
  • Rn: Right now
  • Cure: To reject someone romantically
  • WUD: What are you doing?
  • SMH: Shaking my head
  • Fam: Very good friend
  • Basic: Someone or something is boring
  • Coz: Because


  • Wth: What the hell
  • Af: Extremely
  • THOT: That wh*** over there
  • TBH: To be honest (an insult may follow)
  • Shade: This is used to put someone down


  • GNOC: get naked on camera
  • WTTP: want to trade pictures
  • PAL: parents are listening
  • FYEO: for your eyes only
  • NIFOC: nude in front of computer
  • MOS: Mum over shoulder
  • P999: parent alert
  • LMIRL: let’s meet in real life
  • TDTM: talk dirty to me
  • GYPO: get your pants off


Read more: Understanding your Gen Z teen

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