Teenage Text Language to Safeguard Your Child


Below are some useful text details from the Department for Education (DfE) relating to understanding and safeguarding your child from potential dangers and or threats through social media or today’s technology:

Dear Parents/ Carers,

In this ever changing and demanding digital world we appreciate that the social media and online language constantly changes. Students will be familiar with terminology that we may not be aware of and can be used in general conversations as well.

Some of this language can be used unpleasantly and we would therefore like to highlight recent terminology that all adults should be aware of to maintain our youngsters’ safety. The link below, directs you to website with further support and information:


Examples of latest digital language that young people may be using:

  •  ‘g’ – a friend (boy to boy – originally from ‘gangsta’)
  • truss – I agree (from trust)
  • skl – school
  • fierce – looking amazing/ incredible
  • bromance – close friendship between, as you have probably already guessed, two boys.
  • ‘ship – short word for relationship
  • to ‘ghost’ someone – to completely ignore someone suddenly – ghosting someone can be a nasty way to break up with someone else.
  • basic – generally negative term – can mean boring as much as it can mean clumsy/careless/gross
  • bare, also spelled ‘bear’ – an alternative way of saying ‘really really’ or ‘a lot’ – e.g. “that is bare cool!’
  • blates – obviously
  • peak – unfortunate
  • cuz – friend (from cousin)
  • booted/ kicked – left behind/dumped (as in ‘I was booted’)
  • moving to (someone) – approaching, either aggressively or romantically
  • gassed – happy
  • wag1 (or wagwan) – what’s up?
  • preeing – looking at someone online also known as ‘facebook stalking’
  • ‘pre’-ing – pre-drinking
  • ill (or sick) – fantastic, cool ‘That gig was sick!’
  • dench – synonym of ‘sick’
  • merked – can mean really drunk/intoxicated/beaten up or even getting found out/told off
  • to be down/pumped for something – to be excited to do something
  • molly – term for ecstasy/MDMA
  • cray – shortened version of crazy
  • stacked – built, really muscly/well-built/toned
  • peng/tidy – really attractive
  • blessed – nice (person)
  • safe – reliable/good (person)
  • aired – ignored (someone)
  • swear – are you serious?
  • rolling – going
  • baffed – confused
  • slipping – messing up (as in ‘get caught slipping’)
  • ‘b’ – babe (but can be just a friend)
  • jokes – really funny e.g. ‘that book is so jokes!’
  • fail – exclaiming ‘fail’ has become fairly popular with teens of late, and is fairly self-explanatory
  • yolo – you only live once!
  • swag – confidence or fancy clothes/jewellery
  • dope – really cool/awesome

These are some terms that used to be current and may still be used now and then – teens all over the country have their own slang which are changing all the time:

  • ASL – age, sex, location (could mean your child is using an anonymous chat room)
  • CD9 – Code 9 (meaning parents are around)
  • GNOC – get naked on camera
  • KPC – keep parents clueless
  • IRL – in real life. See also:
  • MIRL – meeting in real life
  • LMIRL – let’s meet in real life (fine if it’s their friends)
  • IWSN – I want sex now
  • MOOS – member of the opposite sex
  • P911/P999 – parent alert
  • PAW – parents are watching
  • POS/MOS – parents over shoulder/mum over shoulder
  • RU/18 – are you over 18?
  • WYRN – what’s your real name?
  • Zerg – to gang up on someone
  • 420 – marijuana

Classics you might use too:

  • LOL – Laugh out loud
  • BRB – Be right back
  • GTG – Got to go
  • WYSIWYG – What you see is what you get

Further information is available for Parents/Carers on the website for Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOPS) http://www.ceop.police.uk/ . Full of information, helplines and videos to support you as well.


William Bradford Academy Safe-guarding team.



For any further information relating to support with your child about safeguarding them:

Ms E Merry Senior Designated Safegarding Officer  or Ms T Pratt Deputy Safeguarding officer on 01455 845061