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Chat Room Lingo

Even the most computer-literate parent may need help in understanding a childís Internet world Ė especially in the ultra-insider arena of chat rooms. The following are acronyms for common phrases used in chat rooms gathered by Symantec, an Internet security company.

AFAIK = as far as I know




Are Your Kids Safe on the Internet?

  • Introduction
  • Online Risks & Threats
  • Profile of a Predator
  • Parent Power!
  • Chat Room Lingo
  • Warning Signs
  • Online Safety Guidelines

  • AFK = away from keyboard


    ASL = age sex location


    BB = bathroom break


    BBL = be back later


    BBS = be back soon


    BF = boyfriend


    BRB = be right back


    BTW = by the way


    CUL8R or CULR =


    see you later




    lass=MsoNormal>cuz = because


    lass=MsoNormal>DN = donít know


    lass=MsoNormal>FYI = for your information


    lass=MsoNormal>G2G = got to go


    lass=MsoNormal>GF = girlfriend


    lass=MsoNormal>GG = gotta go


    lass=MsoNormal>HW = homework


    lass=MsoNormal>IDC = I donít care


    lass=MsoNormal>IDK = I donít know


    lass=MsoNormal>IMO = in my opinion


    lass=MsoNormal>JAS = just a second


    lass=MsoNormal>JK = just kidding


    lass=MsoNormal>KOTC = kiss on the cheek


    lass=MsoNormal>LMAO = laughing my a*@ off


    lass=MsoNormal>LOL = laugh out loud


    lass=MsoNormal>LYL = love you lots


    lass=MsoNormal>LYLAS or LYLAB = love you


    lass=MsoNormal>like a sister or love you like


    lass=MsoNormal>a brother


    lass=MsoNormal>NFC = no f*@king clue


    lass=MsoNormal>NM or NVM = nevermind


    lass=MsoNormal>NP = no problem


    lass=MsoNormal>OMG = Oh, my God


    lass=MsoNormal>OTOH = on the other hand


    lass=MsoNormal>POS = parent over shoulder


    lass=MsoNormal>ROFLOL = rolling on floor




    laughing out loud


    SN = screen name


    SRY = sorry


    sup = Whatís up


    SW = so what?


    TMI = too much information


    TTYL = talk to you later


    TY = thank you


    u = you


    WTF = what the f*@k?


    y = why




    Continue: Warning signs†that your child may be involved in inappropriate Internet activity.

    Return to: Keeping Kids Safe on the Internet


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