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Internet Acronym GuideChildren and teens are developing a new language of sorts through acronyms that are commonly used in online chat rooms, instant messaging, and text messaging. These shortcuts are also used to communicate when parents or authority figures are nearby. Here's a guide to help parents stay informed of what's really being said.

  • 121 - one to one
  • A/S/L - age, sex, location
  • DIKU - do I know you?
  • IPN - I'm posing naked
  • LMIRL - Let's meet in real life
  • NP - nosy parent
  • NIFOC - naked in front of the computer
  • OLL - on-line love
  • P911 - my parents are coming
  • PA - parent alert
  • PAL - parents are listening
  • PANB - parents are nearby
  • PM - private message
  • POS - parents over shoulder
  • SAW - siblings are watching
  • TAW - teachers are watching
  • TOS - teacher over shoulder
  • WIBNI - wouldn't if be nice if…
  • W/E - whatever
  • WFM - works for me
  • WTGP - want to go private?
  • WUF - where are you from?
  • YBS - you'll be sorry