‘It’s dreadful, I’ve never used any of these words’ – teens react to the ‘online teen speak’ guide for parents

Teenagers were confused by the guide for parents

As the Government releases a guide to help parents spot signs of sexting and drug use online, we ask some teenagers if they recognise the terms

It must be confusing to be a parent with a child who knows all about the internet, and uses language and emojis that may seem impossible to understand.

The government has set up a website about ‘online teen speak’ apparently compiled by experts. We decided to ask some teenagers what they thought of the list, and whether the words on it are in popular usage.

It appears that the government’s list of terms is a little dated, with most harking from the early days of the internet, including chatrooms. The teens we consulted gave us their own suggestions.

Excerpt from Helena Horton’s article in The Telegraph


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I am a retired psychologist now writing freelance . I have published Commonsense Wisdom for Everyday Life, Young Man of the Cloth, The Pastor's Inferno, Navigating Life: Commonsense Reflections for the Voyage, Release Your Stress and Reclaim Your Life, and Make the Best of Your Teen Years. I wrote a newspaper column in Batavia, NY for fourteen years. My articles are now available in my free newsletter, Sliding Otter News. Subscribe free at http://www.eepurl.com/mSt-P.

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